(Green) Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

True to form, it’s been a very wet spring here in the northwest. Running along a large creek near my house forms the backbone of a lot of my runs, so unfortunately when we have multiple days of heavy rain, I have to start getting creative.

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I was really proud of myself for finding this fallen log to help me get across a particularly flooded spot, but as soon as a rounded the next bend I found this:

 

Where did my trail go?

Where did my trail go?

 

P.S. Aren’t my new running shoes so happy looking?!? They’re the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and I love them!

Aside from needing to build an arc soon, I also need to talk about my current smoothie obsession. I’ll admit it, I was really late to join the smoothie-making train, but now that I’m on it I’m not looking back! I got a Vitamix last December, which is what is fueling this current obsession because of it’s ability to liquify any vegetable. This baby is seriously powerful!

I love experimenting with different fruit and veggie combinations, but this smoothie recipe has turned into my go-to breakfast before my Saturday long run. It does a great job of keeping me full without weighing me down, and also feels like an extra-special treat at the same time. If I can’t have pancakes for breakfast, then I’ll substitute with a smoothie that tastes like a cookie! 😉

Ingredients:

Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup milk (or any kind of milk substitute)

1 medium banana

1-2 pitted medjool dates, depending on your level of desired sweetness (I like to add 2… Dates are one of my favorite running snacks!)

1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 1/2 cups baby spinach

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optional additions/ modifications:

use half milk, half Greek yogurt for additional protein

add a tablespoon of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter

use half baby spinach and half kale, or 1 c spinach and 1/2 cup broccoli florets

 

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.

This recipe yields 2 smoothies that are on the small side for my liking, or one giant smoothie, that I happily finish on my own 🙂

 

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It happened.

I completed my first full marathon, all 26.2 miles of it.

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Rise and shine, it’s marathon morning!

 

It’s a weird feeling to have finished something you’ve worked so long towards. On one hand, I feel like I have so much free time now and should enjoy becoming a social human being again. On the other, I really can’t wait for my muscle soreness to fully go away so I can go on an easy run (darn DOMS…)

 

In the meantime, here is what I have been doing with myself the past few days:

1. Going to bed at 9:00 (see above: enjoy being a social creature)

2. Getting deep-tissue massages from an 8 year-old climbing all over me (seriously…. That might be a thing)

3. Eating massive amounts of meat (plus carbohydrates) immediately following the marathon

4. Continuing to eat massive amounts of carbohydrates 2 days after said marathon (mostly in the form of bread from Great Harvest Bakery)

 

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Post marathon dinner: Obsidian Stout (on nitro!), Elk burger (with bacon!), and chocolate cake (also with bacon!)

(And for the record, there was plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water consumed as well… I did pay a lot of money to learn about nutrition, you know)

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Day after marathon meal: Apocalypse IPA, and a lamb burger, bacon-free 😦

And before you can ask, yes, I plan on doing it again.

 

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Sweet victory

 

My Favorite Post-Run Snack

YOU GUYS!

I have found the new best snack, meaning I’ll think it’s the best for about three months and then most likely get tired of it. That’s how I roll.

Anyways, I’ve been drinking the chocolate flavored Carnation Instant Breakfast packets for awhile now, but I never thought to try their idea of making it into a smoothie until today.

In a blender, I mixed 1 packet of milk chocolate flavored Carnation Instant Breakfast with 1 cup fat-free milk, added in a chopped up frozen banana, 1 heaping tablespoon of creamy peanut butter, and a small handful of ice cubes. 

Blended until smooth it was a cold and yummy drink that really hit the spot. I also think it would be good with almond butter or any kind of milk substitute (vanilla flavored almond milk…?) Plus, it has the protein and carbohydrates needed after a long workout, without the expensive price and weird after taste of making a smoothie with protein powder, a win-win!

I didn’t take a picture, because a glass of chocolate smoothie didn’t sound very exciting, so here’s a picture of where I went running today:

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28 days until 26.2!