(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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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!