This post is not about what you probably think it’s about.
Because: nope, I’m not talking about booze. I’m talking about smoothies.
This is probably the first time I’ve ever put a smoothie on to this blog. I don’t generally drink them. Too much work to haul the blender out. Too many damn ingredients. Less than satisfying, hunger-wise….
But this morning it was freakishly warm out. And I was feeling more thirsty than hungry. And since it’s probably unhealthy to pop open a bottle of chilled Chardonnay during Good Morning America, I decided to venture in to smoothie territory.
Just like those weird green concoctions, except I substituted Nutella for spinach! Is there anything that Nutella can’t save? This smoothie actually tasted kind of like my beloved DQ Chocolate Covered Cherry Blizzard.
And just to prove (to myself?) that this wasn’t totally unhealthy, I actually calculated the nutrition info:
1 C strawberries + 1 small banana + 1/4 C milk (2%) + 1/4 C plain Chobani (2%) + 1 TBSP Nutella + 1 C ice = 306 calories, 8g fat, 9g fiber, 12g protein. [Via DailyPlate]
Sounds like a decent breakfast option to me!
(And this smoothie would totally be great with some vodka thrown in. Or, maybe even some Malibu rum. Beachy. Yum.)
(Okay, maybe this is a post about booze after all.)
Today’s EAT: Someone (cough*hubs*cough) accidentally kidnapped the only set of keys to our lone vehicle this afternoon/evening. Well, there goes the grocery run. So I dug around and came up with some nacho components and tossed them in to my favorite nacho-making apparatus: the round cake pan.
A layer of chips, a layer of cheese, shredded chicken, chopped avocado and a little more cheese. Put it in the oven for ten minutes, and then use a broad spatula to transfer the whole thing to a serving plate. Like a big ol’ pancake.
With chopped tomato and plain Greek yogurt on top. Super easy! And using the cake pan eliminates any need for the microwave. (Microwaved nachos are kind of nasty and are only acceptable in the early-morning, post-bar hours.)
(Aaaaand one more thing – I thought about leaving the avocado out of the melted mix and adding it at the end, but this recent post from Brit made me stop and consider warm avocado. And I’m glad I did – it was tasty!)
Today’s DRINK: I picked up a six pack of Lonerider Brewing Peacemaker Pale Ale last weekend.
Yet another local Raleigh brewery! There are so many here.
Their APA is a pretty enjoyable beer! It’s certainly nothing fancy, and perhaps a touch mellower than the average APA, but the flavors are pleasant and it’s hoppy enough to remind me that I’m drinking a real beer. 5.7% ABV, very drinkable.
Today’s RUN: After two post-race rest days, I headed out for an easy 5-mile recovery run tonight. It felt pretty bleh. My legs felt decent, but my back – especially my upper back, around my shoulders – is rather sore. I don’t know if that’s from the race or the drive home or both.
In any case, I could totally go for a massage. If only those were free.
Anyway, here are last week’s stats:
M – OFF
Tu – 7 easy (1:00:56, 8:42 pace)
W – 5.1 easy (3:49, 8:35 pace)
Th – 3.4 easy w/hubs (33:00, 9:42 pace)
F – 3.1 easy (27:03, 8:43 pace)
Sa – OFF
Su – 13.1 race (1:38:01, 7:28 pace) + warm up and cool down, total 15.3
Strength training and such: zero
Total miles: 33.9
I’m taking things pretty easy this week: just recovery miles, nothing too taxing. I might try a longer run (10-11 miles) this weekend if I’m feeling up for it.
Today’s QUESTION: Are you a smoothie person? What do you put in them? Any suggestions for future blender play?
(Aside from the spinach. Because I just refuse to go there, on principle. As a salad addict, I eat more than my share of leafy greens anyway.)