Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Breakfast of Champions - Green Smoothies & Nutella
I've decided to get back to running.
And the reason isn't because of the standard "bathing suit season is coming up."
It's because when I'm folding my laundry my arms actually get tired and sore from the extra work.
Pathetic, I know. I will say though that in my defense, I have freakishly weak upper body strength.
Also, because I ran 2 miles the other day at a snail's pace and I have been sore for 3 days now.
Yes, I've already said it, pathetic.
About 6 months ago I sprained my ankle during crazy 6 am bootcamp, and I just haven't been back. I think I was just feeling completely burned out, after training hard for the last year and a half.
So back to running I go.
I've been a runner since high school, competing in track and cross-country.
My claim to fame is I once ran a relay race against Marion Jones' team.
And I still maintain that even back in high school the girl was on steroids.
Last April I did run the Seal Beach 5k in just under 25 minutes, which I was pretty proud of.
What's been getting me going lately?
Green smoothies, and I owe all the credit to my friend Laura.
The key ingredient to a green smoothie is dark leafy greens of some sort.
We prefer swiss chard in our house. I've tried carrot tops, romaine lettuce and spinach, and they are just too earthy for me. As Art said "tastes like dirt." So swiss chard is what we use.
And I will swear that these are delicious. I would never recommend something that isn't good, even for health's sake. I promise promise.
Handful of dark leafy greens (about 1-2 stems of swiss chard is what I recommend)
1 Cup of any type of frozen fruit
Any sort of fresh fruit you have (we often use 1 apple cut up, no need to peel, and 1 banana, cut up)
1/2 - 1 Cup Orange Juice to help with the consistency and blending process
*If you want you can add in what Laura calls "healthy extras" such as flax seed or probiotics. I added 2-3 probiotic tablets to my smoothie while I was fighting off strep throat for the 3rd time and I swear it helped me kick it.
BLEND IT UP!
I like my green smoothie with a side of toast smeared with Nutella
By the way, Maddie, our doggy dog, is so happy about me getting my butt back into shape, as seen here with her crazy tail wagging. She always gets a nice cool down jog with me after my run.