Everything is going to the beat

Another milkshake victory. This may actually be one of the best I’ve ever made. Make it NOW.

1/3 cup 2% milk
1/3 cup (or a bit more) canned pumpkin
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
cinnamon, ginger, allspice (a few shakes of each)
1 capful of almond extract

…I’m in heaven.

I saw your face and that’s the last I’ve seen of my heart

I am excited about three things right now:

1. My smoothie!
Today’s post-workout (hilly walk and Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred video) elixir, which resembles Peppermint Patty ice cream in appearance only:

1/2 cup skim milk (blend by itself so it gets frothy)
strawberry Greek yogurt (I used a 5.3 oz container of Brown Cow)
4 strawberries, sliced
ice (I used a lot)
leftover celery

Celery was an afterthought, since we have one new bunch and the remnants of an old bunch in the fridge. I used the innards of the old bunch…the parts that no one ever wants to eat because they’re yellow and wilty. Can’t tell the difference once it’s blended! Also, I made a great smoothie yesterday with celery, romaine, pureed pumpkin, frozen banana, and cinnamon. It’s really astonishing to me how well veggies blend in to a fruit smoothie.

2. Possible marathon in October?!
Ever since I ran the 13.1® New York half in April, I’ve been trying to plan another half-marathon to do because I had so much fun (and experienced so much soreness and pain after, but I conveniently forget that part). Now I may be doing a full marathon! Syracuse is hosting the first annual Empire State Marathon on October 16. I’ll have to start training next week if I want to do this, but I am definitely looking forward to it. Running a marathon has been a life goal for me since high school, or maybe even junior high.

3. Boston next week!
I bought my Greyhound ticket yesterday and will be heading to Boston on Monday, June 13th to spend my birthday (the 14th) and the rest of the week with Dan and his family. I plan to spend the entire week exploring Boston, shopping, swimming at Dan’s, and being a humongous foodie. Expect several posts about foodie adventures (and hopefully pictures, since I finally fixed my digital camera)!

Summer is the smoothie season…

A fantastic smoothie is a tough task. Every summer, I become obsessed with creating the ultimate milkshake or smoothie, to the point that I pressure myself to top the previous one I made.

Smoothies can be really simple, but mine usually aren’t. I pore over bizarre ingredients to concoct the perfect taste, the ideal texture, the appropriate temperature. Complicated? Of course. Delicious? Undoubtedly.

Frozen spinach has been the guest star of my smoothies this week. Mixed with other ingredients, you can hardly taste it. It adds great texture and some nutrients. It works really well with a banana/plain yogurt base and some berries for a breakfast smoothie. Also, it turns the entire smoothie green (because I’m secretly six years old).

Tonight I opted for a different spin: chocolate-spinach-banana milkshake. I know, it sounds disgusting. But it tastes like a cold, liquid version of my mom’s amazing chocolate zucchini bread. As with all my milkshakes, I improvised the recipe (warning: this does not always turn out well — I ruined one smoothie this week). Here it is:

1 banana (frozen or regular; this time I used regular)
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T oat bran
1/2 cup skim milk
frozen spinach (break it up w/ a fork so the blender doesn’t get stuck)
1 t blackstrap molasses
a couple of ice cubes

The molasses gives it just enough sweetness to balance the cocoa powder and the spinach. Meanwhile, the spinach taste defers to the other flavors. Tasty and (relatively) healthy, but sadly not green.