Banana Soft Serve: Satisfy the Sweet Tooth

The Valentine’s day sugar high may have already worn off, but don’t worry! I’ve got the simplest recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, and it’s loaded with fruit and even a little kick of probiotics for an easy boost to your digestive system.

First, here are a few other eats from the weekend! My friend and running buddy, Krista, and I spent Valentine’s day running and eating. Two of my favorite things. We pounded out a little over 6 miles on Saturday morning, and goodness, I’m so glad we did. The extra chilly weather almost caused us to postpone our run and stay in pjs, but  we spent the hour chatting away about life and marveling the beautiful sunshine. Totally worth the freezing hands!

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After the run, we made plans to spend the evening relaxing and putting together a tasty dinner. I gathered recipe ideas from pinterest and instagram, but needless to say, we ended up with a “kitchen sink salad.” There were just too many options to choose from, so we basically picked our favorite toppings from each and ended up with our own delicious creation.

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Side note: I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the weekend of love rekindled my love for avocados. Bought a whole bag at the grocery store yesterday. Yippee!

Now here’s what you’ve been waiting for: Creamy Banana Soft Serve!

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  • Bananas (unpeeled, sliced, frozen; I used 2)
  • Kefir, Milk, or Almond Milk (I used strawberry kefir for a probiotic punch)
  • Dash of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Fresh cut strawberries (for topping)

Add frozen banana slices and about 1/4 cup of your liquid of choice to your high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth stopping regularly to scrape down the sides. When the mixture has reached a smooth consistency, add cocoa powder and continue blending until creamy. Spoon the soft serve into a bowl and top with fresh fruit!

Sweet tooth solved with no processed sugar! Hope you enjoy!

Gr-Gr-Granola

When I got home from class and a meeting with one of the founders of Lukas’ Fund (more on that in a future post), I was cravingggg granola with blueberries and Greek yogurt (Fage Fruyo is my new fav), so I went for it. Because my pantry is looking pretty bare right now, I got to googling to try to find some inspiration that included a few of the things I have. I found this one over at Table for Two, and I used it as a guide for my own.

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2 cups of Old Fashioned Oats

Approximately 4 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter

Approximately 2 tablespoons honey

A few shakes of ground cinnamon

A splash of vanilla extract

A few drops of olive oil

(Needless to say, I kinda just threw some things together with little measurement.)

Preheat the oven to 325. Melt peanut butter and honey together before adding vanilla and cinammon. Combine oats with peanut butter mixture, and spread evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes then stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

I’m still pretty sore from the race Saturday. Those hills did me in, but it’s been too pretty to stay inside. Here’s a cool shot from my sunny bike ride yesterday!

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What’s your favorite granola recipe or store bought brand? Mmmm. I’ve been loving it lately!

Weekend in Photos

I started this birthday weekend with a quick stop at Earth Fare, a cute and cozy Athens grocery store. I grabbed a Green Goddess smoothie packed with strawberries, bananas, apple juice, and spirulina to make the rainy drive home a little more enjoyable. Yum!

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Since my brother and I share a birthday, my mom and I put together a family favorite for tomorrow’s dessert. Yay for carrot cake (because at least it has vegetables in it, right?).

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Birthday dinner for the win! Probably a dietitians nightmare but a granddaughter’s dream. It seems like the best family times happen when we’re gathered around my Mema and Papa’s kitchen table.

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A blender and a bike for my birthday. It’s like I’m 8 years old or 40 years old. I’ve read great reviews about this Ninja NJ600, so I’ll be sure to let ya know what I think!

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Still trying to decide if I’m going to run the Chick fil a half marathon this weekend or if I’m just going for the 5k. Watch was dead, so I had to go old school…

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Perks of living in the Bible Belt!

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I hope you all had a rockin’ weekend! What was your favorite part?

The Road to RD

Well, I’m on the road y’all.

After reading tons of blogs, weighing all the options, and talking to advisors, I’ve made the decision to add a second  undergrad major (basically, I’ll be in school forever). Wooohoooo! Dietetics here I come, and hopefully I’ll be able to add some letters after my name one day (RD=Registered Dietitian=the goal)! Of course, this means I’ll be integrating science and nutrition classes in with my Marketing classes, so it’s going to make for some pretty interesting semesters (Hello Microbiology and Services Marketing…what even!?) Luckily I’ll get to spend an afternoon each week in the kitchen for a nutrition lab though, and I know I can handle that!

So let’s rewind and start from the beginning. Since I moved to Athens for college, I’ve slowly but surely become a health nut. After moving out of my freshman dorm room and subsequently off of meal plan, I was finally free to spend however long I pleased in the grocery store. Joy! Around the same time, my blog obsession was taking off, so Feedly quickly became my BFF. Along with that, my mom was training for half marathons and sprint triathlons (through breast cancer too–she rocks!). Hearing about my moms running adventures plus seeing blogger recipes that not only sounded great but looked beautiful too (#enduglyhealthyfoods) was enough to make me get moving, start to consider the nutrition labels on my groceries, and be more adventurous with my food choices. My taste buds changed (seriously though), and my boxes of cheap white pasta turned into carts full of fruits and vegetables, hummus, and of course, peanut butter.

I’ve learned that food should be for celebrating, but thank goodness we don’t just have to celebrate with cake and ice cream. Seriously, go find a piece of well cooked salmon, and your life will be changed forever!

This road to RD is bound to be a long one, probably pretty curvy at times, but I’m so excited about this journey that I’m not even worried about the speed bumps. I hope you’ll keep up!

Now go grab a cup of tea, and have a fun Friday!

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What’s your favorite thing to sip on in the morning?

Albany Half Marathon

Well, my second half marathon is in the books, and what a great race it was. When I think back over the few races I’ve done, this one definitely takes the cake for most fun which is a little weird considering the comparison between Disney World and Albany, Georgia (if that even is a comparison).

Post Albany Half

The weekend kicked off with a road trip from Athens with one of my best friends, Chelsea, and after the three hour trek, I met up with my mom while Chelsea headed further south to Bainbridge. Since it was a Saturday race day, we had several last minute things to pick up before carb-loading, heading to the hotel, and calling it an early night, so we headed to Target to grab some bagels and more importantly, fingernail polish remover (I could not bring myself to run with red nails). We followed up with a typical Olive Garden pasta meal for dinner; you just can’t go wrong with alfredo sauce and chicken.

The alarms came at a not so bright but early 5:00 am, but of course race day nerves and jitters kicked in so we were up pretty quickly. Plus, something about knowing a bagel (or any type of breakfast) is waiting gets me out of bed.

Getting to the start line was easy as pie, especially compared to other races, so we had time to use a real bathroom and hang out in the host hotel lobby to stay warm. It was pretty chilly; but for me, the cooler the better, so I was pretty happy. I started in a running tank and shorts and was perfectly fine, but there were lots of other runners looking comfortable in running tights and long sleeves.

Pre Albany Half

The race started at 7:00 am, and by this point I was pretty nervous because my farthest run during training had only been 8 miles. Needless to say, I didn’t even know if my legs were capable of going a whole 5 more, but I was hoping to stay mentally focused enough to push through (They aren’t lying when they say it’s mostly mental).

Around mile 5 I started eating Honey Stinger Lime-Ade chews, and the joys of getting to eat a yummy snack plus the boost of sugar and caffeine really helped push me through. We ran through the cutest neighborhoods, and there were volunteer groups all along the route cheering us on. Until about mile 10, I was feeling good, but between 10 and 11, I started to feel my lack of training more mileage. Luckily the downhill last leg and my motivation to finish under 2:10 helped keep my energy up, and once I saw the finish line, I was able to slightly pick up the pace.

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If you’re looking for a smaller race (less than 2,000 runners) that’s pretty fast and flat, I would highly recommend  running Albany. There is a half marathon and a full, and it’s a Boston Qualifier. There you go! A fun race morning wrapped up with a satisfying lunch at the Mellow Mushroom and a relaxing afternoon spent at home with my family.

Of the races you’ve done, which one has been your favorite?