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.
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:
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! 😉
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
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
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 🙂