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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Salad Sunday- Quinoa Vegatable Salad

2 cups water
1 cup Quinoa

I cook my quinoa in my rice cooker. I coat it will olive oil and let the quinoa cook while I chop the vegetables. It can also be cooked in a saucepan. Add water and quinoa to a saucepan and cook on low until tender ( about 20 minutes). Set aside to cool.

1 cucumber
1 small zucchini
2 small carrots
1 medium Roma tomato
1 red bell pepper
2 stalks celery

Chop all of the vegetables into bite size pieces.

2/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Add chopped vegetables to salad bowl. Add quinoa and add dressing.  Chill and then serve.  Makes six medium size servings

Author competing for Team USA PATCO 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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