Chocolate & Smoothies

So….I’m training for my 2nd half marathon.  I use the word “training” lightly…..very lightly.  As in, “two six mile runs in the last three weeks” lightly.  Oh…and the half is in 3 weeks.  Everything in me says that this is a really bad idea.  I’m just hoping to make it across the finish line without a limp.  Last year, I promised my mom that I would run it with her this year.  She turns 52 in December and it will be her first.   Needless to say, this is a big deal and no way am I backing out!   My kids will be there with “Way To Go Neenee” and “Mom, Please Don’t Kill Yourself” signs.  At the very least I need to make a valiant effort.

Last year, I trained for almost 6 months.  Most of my training runs were done at 5:00 a.m.  so that I was home and ready for my day before the kiddos and hubby woke up.  It made for a really long 6 months.  By the time the half was over, I was burned out.  I tried to run a week or so after that and my legs just wouldn’t work.  I swore I would never do that to myself again. So I’m going into a half marathon this year with almost no training.  Not smart.

While I was training for last year’s race, my mom introduced me to a delicious smoothie recipe.  It is an Alton Brown recipe and makes a fantastic recovery or pre-race drink (with a scoop of whey protein).  I think Alton used this as a breakfast drink when he was losing a bunch of weight.  Either way, it’s a delicious smoothie!   Enjoy!

ALTON BROWN’S BUFF SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces plain, low-fat soy milk (I used 1%..couldn’t stomach soy)
  • 4 ounces acai, grape, or pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces frozen banana
  • 4 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 4 ounces frozen blueberries
  • 4 ounces frozen peaches

((To save some $$, buy the large bags of Dole frozen mixed fruit.  Saves a bundle!)

Directions

Combine the soy milk, juice, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and the peaches in the carafe of a blender. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 8 hours.

In the morning, or when the fruit is partially thawed, put the carafe on the base of the blender, start at the lowest speed and slowly accelerate to medium, until you achieve a vortex. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and blend for an additional minute. Serve immediately.

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I love book store bargain bins!  Rarely do I have an opportunity to “dig ’til I can dig no more”, but last Saturday I did.  I picked out a few kid’s books and carried them around for a while knowing that my kids would be thrilled with some new reading material.   Then I saw IT!   The best looking book I’ve ever seen.

I put the kid’s books back and bought this one for myself.  My kids would never know the difference, right?  I stayed up late that night “studying” chocolate and learned some pretty awesome stuff.   I’m an avid Food Network watcher and have often heard food terms that baffled this little home cooks mind.  Words like “sabayon” and “cointreau cream”.  Well, guess what?  Thanks to my $7.98 bargain bin book, I know how to make sabayon!  Woohoo!  Take that Bobby Flay!

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