Snow, Smoothies, and Pumpkin

Tuesday workout:
Cross train – 90 minutes (elliptical, walking on treadmill, stair climber)
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The week before last it was almost 80 degrees in the DC area and I got all excited about the awesome weather!  But at the end of that post I said that March would probably punish me for getting so excited by bringing us more snow.  Well, on Sunday I woke up to this:

Why is March weather so crazy??  Jeesh.  The snow was all melted by late morning, but it was still pretty cold outside!

You would think the fact that there was snow on the ground would have made me in the mood for something warm for breakfast, but we were in need of a grocery store run and I was low on oatmeal, so instead I had an English muffin with laughing cow cheese and a BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE.

Sooooo good.  So good in fact that I have decided I should share my favorite breakfast smoothie recipe with you.  Prior to discovering this recipe I had made a few attempts at smoothies before but often with ice or a lot of juice and had never been that happy with them.  THIS on the other hand is an awesome recipe.   It’s a great base recipe and it’s really easy to change up depending on how you like it/what you have in the fridge.

Breakfast Smoothie:
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries (or 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen peaches/rasberries, etc.)
1 cup milk (I use skim)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (you can use plain/vanilla, but Greek yogurt is a great way to add more protein/thickness, and the fruit takes the edge of the bitterness)
1/2 cup water
A splash of orange juice

Optional extras: I often add a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of ground flax seeds (my smoothie Sunday had both of these).  If not using the previous two items I’ll sometimes add a quarter cup of oats.  You can also add vanilla extract and/or a squeeze of honey if you prefer your smoothie sweeter, but I have a huge sweet tooth and I don’t find that the honey/vanilla really adds much.

Directions: Place all the ingredients in the blender and pulse/mix until smooth!  (Note: If using oats, blend those first in the blender before adding the remaining ingredients).

Soooo, remember last week when I got really excited about buying the stuff I needed to make pumpkin gnocchi with cranberry walnut pesto!?  And then remember when I didn’t have time to make it because last week was super crazy?

Wellllll, on Sunday the only break I took from my school-book-reading/paper-writing frenzy was to make some pumpkin gnocchi!!!  (Hey, a girls gotta eat, right?)

The recipe said it took 40 minutes…maybe that is accurate for more professional or organized chefs (I tend to just spin circles in the kitchen like a crazy person), because it definitely took me over an hour.  It was sooooo worth it though!!

The cranberry walnut pesto was AH-MAY-ZING!

I think I am just going to start making this by the ton and eating it on EVERYTHING.  It seriously was that good!

The gnocchi was also delish.  I think I need to work on my gnocchi form, though.

Don’t worry, they still tasted yummy!

Since I know you are now drooling on your keyboard and wondering to yourself how you too can have some pumpkin gnocchi with cranberry walnut pesto, I will give you the link to the recipe, here. 🙂  I will also tell you that when I made this I doubled the gnocchi recipe so we would have leftovers (if I’m going to go through the trouble of making an elaborate recipe, you better believe I want to have leftovers!:), but I did NOT double the pesto since it looked pretty calorie dense and in the pictures it looked like it made a lot.  It worked out perfectly!
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I feel like I need some new dinner/lunch recipes to try next week! Do you have any good suggestions??

What’s your favorite smoothie?
-Mine is strawberry and blueberry, but strawberry and banana is a close second!!

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About Erin @ untilyoutri

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7 Responses to Snow, Smoothies, and Pumpkin

  1. Jillian says:

    So…..when I’m there over the summer you’re going to be my stand-in mommy and feed me right??

  2. Hey girl! So glad I got to chat with you on fitblogchat last night! It was my first time and I really enjoyed it! 🙂

    Also, I hear ya on the weird weather. Though, I really shouldn’t complain since at least it’s not snowing. But I had SO gotten used to that 70s/80s degree weather and I want it back! Haha!

    Your smoothie looks SO tasty! Seriously making me think I want a smoothie too even though I’m cold right now, haha! I really love Green Monster smoothies and my PB blast smoothie (pb + yogurt + vanilla soy milk + splash vanilla + banana)! 🙂

  3. Both the smoothie and the pumpkin ravioli with the walnut pesto sound amazing to me!! I’ve been pretty boring with my lunch and dinner selections lately. I need to work on that!

  4. Sandy says:

    New recipes, eh? How does cashew curry chicken sound? If you’re interested, let me know. I bought this book called Ultimate You, which has become my workout/nutrition bible, but it also has a TON of great healthy recipes. In fact, it’s where I got the bison kale chipotle chili recipe. Anyway, the cashew curry chicken is from the same book and it’s next on my menu!

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