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Archive for May 1st, 2012

May 1, 2012

Fruity Tuesday

As I was getting some work done around the house on Sunday, Scott took it upon himself to do our weekly grocery shopping.  I sent him with a pretty short list including milk, eggbeaters, Greek yogurt, romaine lettuce, veggies and fresh fruit.

Since we already have plenty of bread items, these are the main essentials I rely on to eat healthy at home during the week.

I didn’t realize just how much fruit Scott brought home until I woke up yesterday morning.

fresh fruit

Not pictured is a bunch of bananas, a pint of strawberries and eight of those abnormally large navel oranges.  Holy fruit supply, Batman! :)

This week’s goal is now to incorporate fruit into every meal and snack, starting with yesterday’s breakfast.

Peach and Peanut Butter on wheat bagel

I enjoyed a sliced peach over smeared peanut butter drizzled in key lime honey from the Farmer’s Market and chia seeds atop a whole wheat bagel.  At first I skipped the honey because I thought the peach would sweeten it enough, but after two bites I went back for it.

From last month’s mango to this month’s key lime, I have a feeling we will be continuing our unique honey flavors for quite a while.

Y-U-M.

Later in the afternoon, I wanted to try something new in the blender so I got creative.

Carrots and Apples

I was going for some kind of carrot and apple concoction and ended up with this:

Carrot Orange & Apple Yogurt Smoothie

Besides apples and carrots, I wanted to try adding a cup of plain Greek yogurt and ice.  The first blending attempt was a fail.  Since I used a standard blender, the carrots didn’t budge and everything just kind of sat there.

Carrot and apple smoothie ingredients

Then I tried adding a cup of water, which helped a little.  Everything blended, but it was missing something.  I remembered I had seven more abnormally large oranges to use, so I gave that a go.

I taste tested a spoonful and quickly realized the smoothie was a bit on the chunky side. I could deal with the texture as long as it was sweet, and surprisingly the carrots overshadowed the orange’s sweetness.  I added 2 tsp (1 packet) of Stevia, and it finally tasted great!

Orange & Apple Carrot Smoothie

Nice and chunky, just how only a few of you like it.

All in all – it tasted great – but next time I will probably leave out the yogurt and just juice carrots, apples and oranges.

For those of you who don’t mind the thickness or who have a super powerful blender, here’s the actual recipe.

Carrot, Orange & Apple Yogurt Smoothie

Carrot Orange & Apple Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup sliced carrots

1 large apple

1 large orange

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 cup ice

1 cup water

2 tsp Stevia

servings: 2

Easy, breezy.

Run for One

For the past few weeks we have been taking Roadie with us on Monday night family runs.  The three of us run around 3 to 3.5 miles before dinner time and usually have a tired pup on our hands for the rest of the night.

Roadie napping

Scott was over at a friend’s helping her move into a new house so I figured I would take advantage of my run alone to put on my headphones and just run.  No mile goal in mind, no pressure of a time limit, just a run at my pace for however long I wanted.

I was going for a casual run, but once I hit four miles I wanted to push myself to running at least six or seven.  The path I picked to run around the neighborhood is exactly seven miles around, so seven it was at a pace of 8:54.  I felt fine, but it was certainly a challenge.  I would like to run at least one run over five miles once a week.

Within five minutes of getting out of the shower I had the rest of Sunday night’s leftovers ready to devour.  A cream of mushroom chicken breast, fresh green beans and sweet potato made me a very happy girl.

Cream of Mushroom chicken

For dessert?  Some kind of fruit, of course.

Strawberries and whip cream

*The recipe for the cream of mushroom chicken will be on the blog Thursday.

I’ll leave you with this little (fruity) funny I came across yesterday…

Justin Timberlake May picture

Happy May 2012! :)

Question

Do any of you use carrots in smoothies?  If so, do you have issues with the texture?

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