I woke up with a serious craving this morning for a smoothie. But not just the regular ol' Green Monster, this time I was craving a CHOCOLATE smoothie! I've been reading about Chocolate Cherry Bomb smoothies on multiple blogs for a while and figured it was about time I try this other monster of a smoothie. I've actually been plotting its execution for a couple days now. While out the other day, I picked up some chocolate protein powder. I perused the frozen food isle for some frozen cherries and was unable to find them! But all was not lost, I found something else that I liked the idea of even better- RASPBERRIES! It's well known among my closest friends and family that I'm a huge fan of raspberry and chocolate together. Heck, my wedding cake was chocolate/almond/raspberry flavored (AND WAS FABULOUS!)! So I immediately changed course and decided I was doing the Chocolate Raspberry Bomb instead of the Cherry. In my mix was:
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of raspberries
1/2 a banana
handful of spinach
scoop of chocolate protein powder
somewhere between 1/2 to a full cup of almond milk
Blended away and came up with this:
(Actually that was what was left in the blender after I filled my Giant UNH insulated mug). Anyway, it was delish! I still wanna try the cherry bomb eventually, but the raspberries were awesome and I highly recommend trying it that way!
I met Sarah for lunch today and we decided to try Blynk Organic as seen on Emily's blog (she works there). It was good. I had a half of the A.T.M (not automated teller machine...lol) sandwich, which was avocado, tomato, mozarella, and pesto on multigrain and half a salad which they build with whatever you want in it. I opted for greens, spinach, tomato, feta, and roasted red peppers. I think they ended up charging me for a full salad and the portion of each wasn't overly huge. It was good, but kind of expensive. I'd go there again once in a while to change it up. Probably 90% of the time Sarah and I meet for lunch we go to Jason's Deli, so it's good to branch out.
I got home and walked Clyde. Then I logged into ITunes for the first time in a while to update my running playlist. There are a bunch of existing songs in my library that I keep forgetting to put on the running playlist, like "Forever" - Chris Brown and "1901" - Phoenix. I downloaded some Lady Gaga, old school "Eye of the Tiger" from the Rocky IV soundtrack and "Raspberry Beret" by Prince. Also "Don't Stop Believing" by the Glee cast (love that show!) After messing around with my list for awhile I was satisfied and headed out the door to give it a try. I plan to run my half marathon with music and most of my training has been with friends without music, so it was nice to do a run by myself and try out the music. I knew tonight's run would be shortish. I really wanted to see how my knee would do and just get in like 2-3 miles or so. I did some loops around my neighborhood, which is also a little hilly so it factored in some terrain. The run was great. My knee was fine, the music was fun, and I found myself basically doing kind of a speed workout, which works out good since I was doing a shorter distance tonight. I ran for a little over half an hour.