I Caved to the Peer Pressure

And also to my lack of available breakfast foods. I usually have one of three things for breakfast:

1) oatmeal (instant at work, regular at home)

2) frozen waffles (homemade, of course, and then frozen for later toasting)

3) yogurt with cereal (I’m partial to either granola or honey nut cheerios)

Right now, in my house, we are out of instant oatmeal, frozen waffles AND yogurt. Times were so desperate that on Wednesday morning I actually ate my honey nut cheerios with MILK! (vanilla soy milk, but still….)

So, yesterday I thought that maybe I would hop on the smoothie bandwagon and try a breakfast green smoothie. The only problem? I’m also out of bananas AND spinach (although I have spinach in the garden, it’s preemie spinach (not even baby spinach, in fact it might be fetal spinach, it’s barely above ground), so I had to have a mixed green salad with frozen strawberries & pineapple spinach. I also added vanilla soy milk for some more liquid, even though JM says she doesn’t do that, my smoothie wouldn’t SMOOTH without some liquid, and water is boring.

I made it last night & stored it overnight in the fridge (because I knew that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t make it in the morning, and then I’d probably end up with a scone or something from the coffee shop, and I’m currently banning myself from coffee shops). The color was definitely GREEN. But either I need a better blender, or I need to strain my smoothie, because I got some un-smoothed greens while drinking it.

I liked the taste, but I was hungry again by 10 (I drank my smoothie between 8:30 – 9:00). I definitely need to do some experimenting to optimize my smoothie texture & satiety-quotient. But, I have to admit, I think I’m a convert.  I feel so VIRTUOUS. And I really do want to eat more fruits & veggies. I’m still going to be a weekend oatmeal girl, I think. But I’m going to try to incorporate WAAY more of the green smoothies. Probably never with bananas though. I need to EAT the bananas.

So – what are your favorite smoothie ingredients? What kind of a blender do you use to make the smoothie? (My Magic Bullet is so on its last legs….sad.)

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In other news, I did not run last night. I got slammed with a bunch of work late in the afternoon & missed my running date. I thought about running on my own, but my shins were a bit tender, so I thought it better to take a day. I’m pretty sore today, and I do wish I’d at least done a couple of easy miles last night, but I guess it’s too late now! I can’t run today because I’m running Friday and Saturday, and three days in a row is just not the smart choice for me.

In other fitness news, My push-ups are going very well. I did 57 last night (10, 12, 9, 9, 17) and am almost finished with my 2nd week of week 2. Last night’s were super hard, and I think that’s in part because I’ve been hanging from my pull-up bar every night (last night, I swear I almost moved a fraction of an inch in an upwardly pulling direction).

I am ready for my first 3-day weekend in a LONG time. Tomorrow, in addition to more push-ups, and the constant crunches, I am planning a trail run AND a swim. If I’m going to do a triathlon August 1, common sense would dictate that I maybe swim a couple of times before that. Common sense would also politely suggest that I get my bike off the bike hook from which it’s been hanging since the great injury-fest of July 2008 & see if it still works, and then maybe – just maybe – going for a little spin. Common sense seems to believe that running a lot will not get me through the entire triathlon. Common sense is lame.

Happy weekend!

10 responses to “I Caved to the Peer Pressure

  1. You trend follower! JK.

    My smoothies include:
    2 cups Spinach (never tried any other “green” thing”
    1/2 cup fruit (frozen berries, fresh berries, mango…)
    1/4 cup yogurt (usually non-fat plain, sometimes low fat flavored)
    1/4-1/2 cup soy milk
    1/2 a banana

    I will miss my running partners for my 18 miles! YIKES that is far. Have a great run on Friday and Saturday!

  2. P.S. Haven’t a clue what kind of blender we have…it was a wedding present. Maybe Oyster? Cuisnart? I dunno?

  3. my brother makes the best smoothies. ice, ground flax seed, protien powder, a banana, some type of berry (usually blueberries or blackberries or raspberries), and a splash of oj to give it a little liquid. not green, but awesome!

  4. Great job on the pushups!! I finally moved onto week 5 and it’s kind of easier than week 4 because you do more sets but fewer reps (except the first and last). Keep it up!!

    Swimming and biking are probably both good ideas, but you have plenty of time. 🙂 Enjoy the long weekend!

  5. The one time I made a green smoothie, it was still kind of…chewy. Maybe I needed to blend it more? Needless to say, I wasn’t really a convert.

    57 pushups?? That’s so many!

  6. My blender is a Lady Kenmore from Sears that likely pre-dates the dinosaurs, but it does a good job chopping. Since my youngest can eat only mush since her surgery, I blend everything. Greens I chop finely and pre-blend into mush before adding other ingredients (depending on amount, this can take awhile). Sometimes I’ll add water or milk to help.

    If you find a coffee shop amenable to posting your pic and not serving you, let me know. I over-caffeinate as though my life depends on it.

  7. Today I actually mixed it up – 1/2 cup pumpkin, baby carrots, vanilla yogurt, a splash of milk, cinamon, nutmet and a ton of spinach! It was the greenest pumpkin “milkshake” I’ve ever had.

    And I mixed it all in my Kitchen Aid blender. 🙂

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_tae_JSfHY

    Check this out!! Philip is the ultimate raw foodie and a great guy! Just some ideas for you!!!

  9. uh oh now you are on the wagon, you won’t be able to stop yourself… you’ll be throwing in all kinds of things!

  10. I don’t know what it is but smoothies are never filling to me. No matter what I put in them, I still crave real food. In high school I did slim-fast for about 4 days but I was starving the entire time!