The Saviour that is the Green Smoothie

 

After Wednesday’s post about how I approach food (answer: know when I’m eating rubbish, and eat good things at other times!), I wanted to introduce you to a very good friend of mine, and a staple in my diet for the last 18 months.

 

The Green Smoothie.

 

Green smoothies seemed to be all the rage last year, and this year they have been usurped by the Paleo diet, the gluten-free diet and the sugar-free diet. But I am a creature of habit, and don’t have the will power for any of this year’s crazes, so I’m still revelling in the beauty of the Green Smoothie.

 

This smoothie helps me balance all the curry, wine and chocolate I mentioned on Wednesday. It serves as lunch, breakfast or a mid-morning snack (this very much depends on what’s in the cupboards, which in turn is depends on what day of the week it is!).

 

The core ingredients to my smoothie are:

  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of berries
  • Yoghurt – preferably natural Greek
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Juice (if available)
  • Super dooper ingredient

 

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The Super dooper ingredient changes depending on what I feel I need in my diet – and also what I can afford, because  any visit to the health food shop shows that healthy supplements aren’t cheap! In the past I’ve used protein (when marathon training), chia seeds (loaded with fibre, antioxidants, protein and omega-3) and currently I’m enjoying flax seeds (also containing omega-3 and protein) with added iron and vitamin-D.

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If I’m using the smoothie as a meal substitute, then I’ll also add some porridge oats too. And then you add all the ingredients together and blend – I like a thick smoothie, so I keep the milk/juice light.

 

And that’s it!! It’s such a good way of getting 4 of my 5 fruit and veg each day, and you also get the added smugness of having enjoyed a green smoothie. If I’m doing a long run that evening, I would also eat a snack about an hour before hand.

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Next week I’m in Oslo and London for work, so not sure how my running will go! I have the best intentions, but it’s also my birthday. And birthday celebrations aren’t always conducive to pre-work running.

 

AND LOOK WHAT ARRIVED TODAY:

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Yes. I am seeing Kylie in November. Look, I won’t pretend it’s the first time I’ve seen her, but honest-to-god, I’m just as excited. Feel sorry for the poor friends who have to come with me, and put up with me singing all the words (at least I’ll know the words, unlike that Elton concert I went to!).

 

Have a totes amaze weekend, and catch you all soon!

 

Ellie B

100 Mile July Update, and some Bright Lights!

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to Gilly because she did a 10k race on the weekend and came first in her category: AMAZING! Well done 😀

 

Week 1 of 100 Mile July finishes today, and my grand total for the week is…… 18 miles! Damn it annoys me to write that. I wanted a clean 25. The over-achiever in me is hanging her head in shame.  Here’s my activity breakdown for the week:

  • Tuesday: 6 miles
  • Thursday: 6 miles
  • Saturday: taught pole 1 hour
  • Sunday: 2 hour pole training
  • Monday: 6 miles

 

For the first time in about a thousand years I did more pole than running on the weekend. It was my first proper training session for me in about 4 months! I was a little rusty, but it was sooooooooooooo good to be able to climb, spin and invert for fun again. And I was training with someone who could show me a thing or two, which was awesome.

 

However. It did mean that I didn’t get a fourth run in, which would have topped up my mileage. This week I am going to aim for 27 – I’ll try for 6 tomorrow, 3.5 on Wednesday (event), 10 on the weekend and 8 on Monday. We’ll see how that goes….

 

On Wednesday I am running the JP Morgan Challenge in Battersea park with my colleagues, which is 5.6k. I have no idea what time to aim for – last year I did it in 25:30. So if I can beat that time – and ideally a few of the boys too – then I’ll be peachy.

 

And in other news.

 

You know how when you’re growing up you are convinced that you have amazing talent and will one day be famous for something? Or is that just me? I’m convinced an Oscar-worthy actress inside of me, if only I’d let her out. So I have a friend from uni who is a musician. We’ve not really kept in touch over the years, and since then, he’s been working hard at being a musician. Thanks to Facebook, I’ve followed his career, bought his tunes, and he is now supporting ELTON JOHN on his tour. Pretty frickin cool, right?

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Last week my friend and I were lucky enough to go see both acts – Bright Light Bright Light, followed by Elton – courtesy of my friend Rod aka lead singer. It was amazing. Even though we’ve not been the best at keeping in touch, I was still so proud to see Rod up there on stage singing in front of everyone. I don’t imagine that music has been an easy path, and what separates him from oh, let’s say me, is that he had the guts and energy to take the risks and put himself out there. And now he’s seeing the fruits of that. If you wanted to find a running analogy (is this the most tenuous link ever?), it’s like marathon training: you have to put in the slog for the high at the end. Except the end of a marathon gives you blood blisters, cramps and dehydration, where as Rod’s path will give glamorous after-parties, collaborations with the world’s most talented musicians, and probably some dehydration too.

 

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There’s Rod. Just singing on an arena tour, no biggie.

 

His album is out today – it’s called Life Is Easy, and it’s on iTunes if you fancy some new chooones. His sound is  electro-pop, with a bit of disco thrown in too. It’s light and fun and great for getting you in the mood to go out (his older album is a fab soundtrack for pre-night out champers). But I am not a critic, so probably have gotten that whole sound thing wrong. But you should definitely trust me when I say it is bright lights in music form.

 

Elton was pretty good too. 😉 He has some MAD piano skills! I couldn’t believe what he was able to play whilst singing. I may have embarrassed myself once or twice by shouting ‘Yeah! Rocket man!’ and ‘Is this Rocket man?’ when it wasn’t (I maintain that ‘Tiny Dancer’ sounds like ‘Rocket Man’). And then not recognising ‘Rocket Man’ when it came on. What can I say? I wasn’t there for Elton. But I did like that in between songs he was a big fan of the double fist pump (not that – stop being so dirty. I mean the universal gesture of awesomeness).

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Oh, hey Elton. Fancy singing Rocket Man for your biggest fan?

 

That’s all for now! I’m off out for dinner with SB because two years ago today we tied the knot, so we want to celebrate by eating a lot of food and drinking good wine. That 6 miler tomorrow is looking promising….

 

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Ellie B