Recently, I decided to add running to my regular but casual workout rotation. I hit the gym a few times each week, but I’m not trying out for the Olympics here, folks. You’ll find me among the masses of regular people just trying to stay reasonably healthy by hoisting myself onto an elliptical machine or a stationary bike and dutifully but ungracefully elevating my heart rate.
I hate running.
I’m giving it a try because I’m at a fitness plateau and running seems like an obvious way to move forward. If there’s any truth to the “no pain, no gain” sentiment, well, running will DEFINITELY work!
While I’m running, reminding myself that I’m not actually going to die (it just feels that way), it helps to think of a healthy snack I can prepare when I’m finished. I made this Tropical Smoothie today, and it was delicious! You’ll notice that the recipe calls for just a bit of coconut milk (yum). Here’s a tip: if you open a can of coconut milk for this recipe, freeze what’s left in the can by pouring it into an ice cube tray. The next time you make this recipe, just add one ice cube of coconut milk. So easy!
1/2 banana, sliced
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 generous tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
3 ice cubes
3/4 cup cold water
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.