Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Smoothie

What do you put in your smoothies? I'm going on a smoothie binge for a while, and I'm already running out of combinations.

The good folks at Oikos sent me some coupons for free greek yogurt. Unfortunately, my local grocer only carries the plain, unflavored kind. This stuff has a great consistency, is loaded with protein, and has got to be one of the best runner's fuel around. But I can't take the flavor of plain yogurt by itself, so I've been adding it into smoothies. Typically, I'll throw in some Oikos (great stuff), ice, a banana, some blueberries, a splash of orange juice, and maybe some peanut butter for consistency and sugar for flavor. You know, so it's not quite so tart. They are coming out good, but I'm ready to try some different stuff in there. Any ideas?

I should also note that my blueberry and raspberry patches in the garden are loaded with fruit. It won't ripen for another month or two, but there will be loads of fruit for smoothies later in the summer. My blackberries are covered with blooms too, and the cherry tree is setting a lot of fruit as well. I planted all of those last year knowing it takes 2 years before they bear fruit. So this is really cool. And this year I put in several other blueberry and boisenberry plants, so next year we should get fruit from those guys.

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I made it to the gym last night for some speedwork. Did 3 x 1600 intervals at 6.8, 6.9, and 7.0 speeds. With warm up and cool down, total was 4 miles in 39 minutes.

21 comments:

Calyx Meredith said...

Melon smoothies are a totally different taste (although I can't do too many of those in a row) and I like tropical fruit too - fresh pineapple, mango, guava. I've also had an apple and grape one that I thought might be icky but wasn't too bad. (Slightly odd texture - but good for variety - especially b/c I'm allergic to blueberries and raspberries which makes my starting options way more limited than most folks.)

Sun Runner said...

OK, this one depends on your tolerance of green leafy vegetables. My favorite homemade smoothie is a kale-banana concoction. Yes, it's green and looks weird. But it does NOT taste like kale. It tastes like banana. The base is the kale and bananas, and then you can be creative. For moisture I use soy milk, or a combination of soy milk and plain yoguty. I also like to throw in blueberries and, on occasion, strawberries.

tfh said...

You're so lucky to have fruit in your backyard. I love making lassi-type smoothies: extremely ripe mango pulp, plain yogurt, a little sugar or honey if you need it. But I also like the green smoothies Sun Runner describes. Just not too much kale!

Sarah said...

spinach, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, yogurt, ice. DELICIOUS!

Girl on Top said...

Great job on the speedwork.

I haven't been drinking much smoothies lately, but I usually put in bananas, yogurt, ice. Very minimalist when it comes to smoothie drinking.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Just throw in some road kill from outside your trailer park, Cletus. Some 'possum, polecat, raccoon, maybe some kudzu for roughage.

By the way, kudzu couldn't be any worse than kale.

Man, what I just suggested can't be any worse than these green smoothies some of these people are choking down.

Good job on the intervals.

Alisa said...

Nice intervals, I have those on the agenda for tonight.

I heart Greek yogurt! I'm with Calyx, I like tropical smoothies.

I also have to say my choco-PB smoothie is damn good.

Wes said...

I've been using one of Marni's smoothie recipes. half a cup of mile, one package of vanilla yogurt, half a banana, half a cup of raspberries, blue berries, and strawberries. Half a cup of ice. Go search on her blog for smoothies. She's got some good stuff...

P.O.M. said...

My go-to smoothie is bananas (that I cut up and freeze), chocolate soy milk and PB2. Sometimes I throw in yogurt if I need to use it.

Amber said...

Hmm, I LOVE smoothies! Two of my favourite ingredients are pineapple and mango!!

Sara Cox Landolt said...

My husband loves smoothies, I'm going to pass these ideas along. All the fresh fruit sounds great, what a nice thing to have in your backyard!

Missy said...

...I'll even use frozen fruit and skip the ice. Same consistency and some local honey for a little kick.

joyRuN said...

Honey. Doesn't make it low-cal/low-carb, but I love the stuff with the greek yogurt. I also throw walnuts in there.

1010wellness said...

Smoothies? I like to call 'em shakes. Email me your shipping address (chris@1010wellness.com)and I'll send you some samples of the 10:10 Monkey Shake along with some recipes.

And way to go on the whole smoking to running transformation. That's awesome!

1010 Chris

Jenny said...

ugh...i wish i could do smoothies...can't stand the texture of them.

you know there's another mud run coming up in september in columbia?

http://www.usmcmudrun.net/index.html

good job on the intervals :)

Marcy said...

I'm with Sun Runner! Gotta stick the banana in there. I stick spinach, banana, protein powder, OJ and sometimes kiwi and strawberries. It always just tastes like nana!

Amanda said...

I like all the basic fruit smoothies, but a good different one is to use a leftover baked sweet potato. I add that, some vanilla protein powder, yogurt, soymilk and then some spice like pumpkin pie/apple pie/cinnamon, etc. It's more of a fall flavor, but really yummy!

Viper said...

Rum.

sarah said...

I use yogurt, strawberries, pineapple, a dash of water, a little splenda and sometimes protein powder in my smoothies. Yum!!

Run for Chocolate said...

I throw some protein shake powder in my smoothies too.

M*J*C said...

I'm totally loving the idea of blueberries, blackberries and rasberries growing in the backyard! I freaking LOVE berries! I can never eat "a few", i always open the carton and finish....within 3 minutes! LOL!
I just started making smoothies again, but mine are pretty plain protein shakes...trying to cut back on the carbs since I'm not running now, and can't stomach another piece of chicken!