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!

Weekend Recap: Mountains + Asheville

Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend was fantastic and included some sort of fun moving, eating, and relaxing! Saturday included a super spontaneous adventure for me, and it was a much needed break from school thoughts plus helped fulfill some of my restless desires for something out of the ordinary.

But first, let’s rewind to Friday! The whole day was freezing and rainy, so I was mostly just craving a cozy, restful night somewhere warm. After class, I enjoyed a pajama afternoon and got some job hunting business taken care of before dozing off for a quick nap. When I woke up, I was a little more energized, so a few friends and I ventured out to a local coffee shop to share drinks and catch up after a busy week. It was a much needed rest day after a whirlwind of a week.

Now for Saturday! It began with a 4 mile run with one of my favorite running and nutrition loving friends, Krista. We decided on a 9:00am morning run knowing full well that saying 9:00 meant at least 9:15.  Around 9:45, we set out for our run. It was perfect weather (40 degrees and sunny), and it’s always so nice to get a run in before most of the world is out and about.

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After our run, I ended up making unexpected plans to drive north to the mountains for a little day trip and hike at Tallulah Gorge. We hopped in the car around noon, picked up warm drinks, and hit the road. We climbed the thousands of stairs to see the falls, and man, it gave me the typical “I love the mountains. I want to live here.” feelings. After our little hiking break, we ended up continuing our drive north to venture through downtown Clayton, Georgia. Such a cute downtown with lots of antiques!

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On up we drove, until we saw the 16 miles to North Carolina sign and thought, “Why not?” We drove into North Carolina with intentions to try the best barbecue around, but when we realized Asheville was just another hour, we again asked, “Why not?” This is why I love my friends! It’s so much better to ask the question why not on days like this rather than why!

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We ended up in Asheville around 6:00, and strolled through downtown while we shivered uncontrollably. After asking the cashier at a local shop for her dinner recommendation, we made our way to Asheville Brewing Company. Chelsea and I were feeling pizza all the way, so we went with the Biltmore. It was loaded with peppers, onions, spinach, pepperoni, hamburger, and ham, and it is a frontrunner for the best pizza I’ve ever had. If you’re in Asheville, you MUST try this place. Not to mention, the spinach artichoke dip with carrots, celery, pita chips, and tortilla chips was to die for and plenty for our hungry group of 4.

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Though we didn’t get to explore too much in Asheville, the random day trip was totally worth it. We spent lots of time in the car playing different games and chatting about life, and I just know these are the things I’ll remember about college. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted but so satisfied with how we spent our day. Of course, I could’ve done schoolwork or cleaned my house, but those are the things that can wait.

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What did you do this weekend? Is there anywhere you’re dying to go for the day? (I’ll go!)    

Cheers to the Weekend

If you were wondering, here’s what went down in Athens this weekend! The weekend (or Thursday night) began with a 3 mile run that ended on the train trestle. Just look at this sunset!

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What should have been a productive afternoon of cleaning for our weekend guest turned into adventures all around Athens to take cool pictures and enjoy the weather. Nothing like a cup of afternoon coffee to make you want to do everything but clean. Amen! Oh yeah, I’m like a hippie now too.

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After carb-loading for the big race at Olive Garden, I met friends at Menchie’s for frozen yogurt. Needless to say, our laughs and race nerves kept me up all night….I actually don’t think I got any sleep.

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So much joy to see the finish line for the Chick fil A Half Marathon in Athens! A race recap will be coming soon, but this was probably the hardest race I’ve run because of the mountains that are everywhere in Athens. Also, after this race, I’ve set a new goal for my next half to be sub 2:00—unless it’s one where I need to slow down to enjoy the sights like a Disney or Rock n’ Roll race. (Leslie (in the purple leggings) and I ran together, but we didn’t know the guy in the cow outfit. We must’ve all been feeling about the same way though.)

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Despite the hills, this was one of my favorite races because of the people in the background of this shot. Seriously, it was so awesome to be in Athens and have friends at the finish line. They’re the greatest, and I am thankful!

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BEST. PICTURE. EVER. Our favorite Dillon Panther, Tim Riggins, met us at the finish line! Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose was our race day mantra, so to have Tim there was the best surprise! 😉

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After a restful afternoon, we ended the day with Judah and the Lion and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at the historic Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens. It was a great night with friends, and I’m so glad Whitney (on the left) could spend the weekend in Athens with us!

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Overall, it was a crazy, exhausting, fun, and productive weekend! Now to get back into the school, internship, study swing. Do you have any fun concerts or events coming up? What is your favorite concert you’ve ever been to?