2.10.2014

Post-Run Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

Two things to note here, right off the bat:

1. I am not a nutritionist and my knowledge of nutrition is probably shockingly low (one time in high school I was really starving so I ate a bunch of Tums, just because they were there, and I do similarly not-healthy things today). I'm not pretending to be a fount of nutrition knowledge, although I am curious about it and I'm actively learning, especially as I gear up to train for my first half-marathon.

Moral: I'm not a doctor. I highly suggest eating Wendy's and Chick-Fil-A fries when you can.

2. The smoothie pictured below is on a ladder, which I realize makes about as much sense as bored little boys sitting on suitcases in the middle of a train track while wearing hats that make them look like they belong in Gunga Din.

I'm not trying to be cool or hipster or Beatnik or send a message about how this smoothie will elevate your spirits - it's just that the ladder is next to a window which gets the most amazing light and it's too much of a hassle to move everything.

Moral: I'm lazy.

Now that you know I'm not a doctor and that I'm lazy, I'm going to give you a super easy smoothie recipe to add to the smoothie arsenal that you probably have already on Pinterest. It does have a lot of good things in it, like oats and berries and yogurt and spinach, and all of those things have stuff in them that are good for you, but all I know is that I crave smoothies like this after my runs (especially my long runs on the weekends, when I don't have to immediately make dinner). It really hits the fruity-chilled-liquid hole in my stomach.



Ingredients:

1 cup soy milk (or almond milk, fat free milk, etc.)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup other frozen berry or fruit - strawberry, blackberry, peaches
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
drizzle of honey

Combine, blend and go!

To be honest, I don't really use measurements. I just grab a handful of stuff and dump it in the blender. These are pretty good estimated measurements, but if your smoothie is too thick, just add a little more milk, and if it's too thin, add more berries or oats. I also play around with fruits and ratios, but this is pretty much the basis of almost every smoothie I make. Also, if you're gluten free (like I am) I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats.


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