12.30.2008

Smoothie King's Daughter (12.30.2008)

Monday Night

Last night, after taking Oscar for a quick romp in the park, Kevin and I headed to the gym for spin class. I ran into my old roommate over the weekend and while I was telling her how hard the 7pm class was, she politely informed me that the 6pm class was the hardest they had and people fight to get into there.

That settled it - I had to try it.

Good thing I got there 10 mins before class because there were probably only 5 bikes left in a room full of at least 40. The spin instructor made me work so hard. My legs ached and I couldn't catch my breath. I was loving it. It might have been the first time that there was sweat on the floor around me. Gross, I know. I am one of those sweaty girls at the gym.

Someone once told me it is healthy to sweat a lot - so that is what I tell myself when I walk by girls that look perfectly primped after their workout. I am always a mess, but at least I am healthy. ;)

After devouring sliced raw zucchini dipped in TJ's edamame hummus, I decided to try making Meghann's award-winning Pumpkin Pecan Encrusted Chicken.

I had leftover pumpkin I needed to use up and it seemed like a simple, delicious, and healthy way to prepare the chicken. All true. It was fantastic. Great recipe!
I also made some cauliflower mash and pine nut couscous to go along with the chicken. Is it me or does my plate of food look like a face with a knife sticking out of the eye?
After dinner, I tried the Mango & Cream bars from Trader Joes. They were very refreshing, but may be better in the summer months. I was bundled up under a blanket eating it.
I spent the remaining hours of the night reading through my Vita-mix Recipe cookbook, watching The City premiere, and cleaning out my new blender to get it prepped for a morning smoothie.

The directions suggest you clean out the blender before using, which I did and was amazed at the suds it created. Is that weird to be excited about? It's the small things in life.

I put 5 cups warm water with one tiny drop of dish soap and blended on high for like 5 secs.
This blender is no joke. I had to spend 5 minutes rinsing all the suds out.

Tuesday Morning
(anyone else have this store near them? love it)

I really wanted to see if this blender could blend ice and not leave chunks. My old blender would never fully blend the ice or frozen fruit and it was annoying. I decided to come up with my own concoction and do a simple Banana/Almond Butter Smoothie.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup light vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 large banana
  • spoonful almond butter
  • 2 large ice cubes
All the ingredients are ready to go.
I followed the directions for another smoothie in the cookbook that had ice and set the speed to Variable, and then quickly turned the level from 1-10. It blended for about 20 seconds.
Um...WOW. There was not a trace of ice in this thing. Perfectly blended and pretty tasty, if I do say so myself.
I want to be fair and give the negatives about this blender as well, so if I had to come up with one gripe about the thing - it would be the noise. It terrified my dog so much that I had to coax him back downstairs with a treat. Maybe add a noise muffler on there?

As I sipped on my morning smoothie, I kept thinking that I could totally open my own smoothie shop with this thing. Or better yet, come up with some new, healthy smoothie recipes that my corner coffee shop could start selling. Then, I could be a guest smoothie maker on the weekends...using my new blender. I could also set-up stands at different post-race celebrations to get the word out. Fun!
I wonder if Smoothie King would want be cool if I opened up a spin-off called, Smoothie King's Daughter. I think it's catchy. Dibs on this idea. ;)

22 comments:

VeggieGirl December 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM  

Love the idea, for sure!! And love the beverage :-)

carolinebee December 30, 2008 at 3:31 PM  

Dude i would totally hit that up! haha and I love your Tuesday morning reference :D

K December 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM  

I'm jealous of everyone's vitamixers! They look fantastic!!

RunningLaur December 30, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

the smoothie looks awesome!

Caitlin December 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM  

That smoothie looks so good, you just inspired me to go make one!

Erica December 30, 2008 at 3:52 PM  

How was the city? I totally missed the premier! Glad the class was great! Its always nice to find good instructors! Have a nice day ;)

Allison M. December 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM  

Spinning - my love/hate relationship. I feel amazing after but it's getting myself on that bike.

I'm sticking to it though with at least two times a week.

Regina Philange December 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM  

I love reading about how healthy you eat, and how much you excercise... I feel that if I read about it, it counts for me doing it right? lol

loveofoats.com December 30, 2008 at 4:25 PM  

love that smoothie combo - yum!

hmmmm yeah, it is kinda loud... i think i totally was oblivious to the noise b/c everytime i've used it i've had our dryer on, the tv on loud, and have been the only one home... but i'm sure the noise will shock me when i use it with nothing else on haha\

lovinmytummy December 30, 2008 at 4:35 PM  

Yeah, noise is an issue for me with appliances. If I want a smoothie after the kiddos are in bed, I have to take the Magic Bullet into the garage =)

Danielle December 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

I've only read about how the vitamixer cleans itself and I myself and amazed and in love... can't wait for my birthday :)

ChickPea December 31, 2008 at 12:28 AM  

I totally agree with you on the sweatiness thing--I would rather get a good workout than look runway ready at the gym!

I am SO jealous of your Vitamix. It looks like you're having a good time with it so far!

lighterportions December 31, 2008 at 12:42 AM  

I love the giant sweat splotches on the back of my shirt after a workout. I think they're beautiful ;)

I love my Magic Bullet but this Vitamix trend is making me jealous. And your prostar smoothie is making me thirsty.

Amy@RunnersLounge December 31, 2008 at 8:53 AM  

Thanks for the note on my blog. Wishing you great runs next year.

Your smoothie looked so good. Mine never turns out that pretty.

runningwithfood.com December 31, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

Hey girl! Glad you are getting some good use out of your new Vita Mix. It's such a fabulous machine!! Your smoothie looks great!

Have a great day!

ttfn300 January 1, 2009 at 10:45 AM  

i'll take all of it, the butt-kicking spinning class, edamame hummus, pumpkin-pecan chicken, blender smoothie... :) hehe

happy new year!!

Nicole January 1, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

Happy new year.
I used the training log on runner's world.com. Hope that helps.

Erin of Care to Eat January 1, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

I think sweating is so cleansing! I'm a major sweating machine too and I love it! My makeup smears and I look hideous. It's the best!
I haven't watched the City! Should I?

I Run for Fun January 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

Love the pumpkin pecan encrusted chicken! The smoothie looks delicious too.

HangryPants January 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

The chicken looks excellent! And so does the smoothie with the little banana!

I am totally one of those sweaty girls at the gym too!

Heather

Meghann January 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

I'm glad you liked the chicken! I think that is one of my fave recipes!

chriistina January 2, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

ah. Vita Mix! i feel the same way about icy smoothies, maybe i will give one of these machines a shot.

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