Cross train – 90 minutes (elliptical, walking on treadmill, stair climber)
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:
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.
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!
The gnocchi was also delish. I think I need to work on my gnocchi form, though.
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!
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!!