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rain rain, go away

It was an awful day outside today!  The rain and the time change really screwed me up this morning.  I had so much trouble getting out of bed.

When, I finally did – I made a glorious smoothie, which was so much tastier than my last mix.

Chocolate Strawberry-Banana Super Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 scoops chocolate Amazing Grass (for some greens!)
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (they make the smoothie so thick!)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca (see below)

It was awesome.

I decided to purchase some Maca Powder over the weekend because I have heard such great things about it.  I make smoothies all the time, so it is perfect to add to them.

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Maca is a plant with a radish-like route that is ground up into a powder.  It helps rebuild a weak immune system and remineralize poorly nourished bodies.  Maca is also known to increase one’s energy levels and endurance, as well as combat fatigue.  It is a great powder to throw into a smoothie, mix into oatmeal or sprinkle on toast before an endurance event (like a half marathon!).  It has a nutty, slightly earthy taste, but added to my smoothie I could not taste anything.  For more information, check out this website.

I woke up this morning exhausted from our weekend, but after adding some Maca to my morning smoothie, I actually felt re-energized!  Plus, I need to make sure that I do not get sick this week, so Maca will help to keep my immune system in check.

A few hours later, I felt like some toast.  So, I had a slice of my Cherry, Peach Hog Heaven bread with Raspberry Crofter’s Jam.

I love all of the chunks of nuts and dried fruits in this bread.  It is so good!

Definitely check out When Pig’s Fly!

Lunch was on the weak side today, since we had no time for grocery shopping yesterday.

Siggis Pomegranate & Passion Fruit yogurt with ground flax and homemade granola.

Along with some plantain chips and dried (unsweetened) pears.

We went to a fun potluck dinner tonight at a friend’s house.  They made the main dish, we brought the salad and other friends brought dessert.

The main course was a white fish with tomatoes and feta.  It was delicious!  Thanks John. 🙂  Along with the fish, we had couscous, salad and Flax Oat Bran Bread from Great Harvest.

For dessert we had strawberries and blueberries marinated in Grand Marnier – so good (but, no photo).

Delicious meal with friends.  Time for bed!

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peanut butter & jelly time

Sorry for no post yesterday!  It was super late by the time we arrived home from Maine and all I wanted to do was jump in my bed. 🙂  I want my hour back!

I started the day yesterday with an 8 mile run.  I only have one week to go until my Half Marathon, so I wanted to take it a little easier on my long run yesterday.  I ended up completing 8 miles in the pouring rain and wind!  It was cold and miserable, but I felt better once it was out of the way.

I was WET and COLD!

I am going to take it easy this week and stay away from weights.  I will do a few easy runs and some yoga to stretch me out!

After my run, we chowed down on some breakfast.  I had some greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey, granola and an english muffin with just a little peanut butter.  I was famished!

For lunch, we made a stop at this incredible lunch spot.  It was incredible to me because it was called Peanut Butter and Jelly Time!

I was pretty much in heaven!  You could basically get anything that you want.

I opted for Raspberry sugar free jam and homemade Cinnamon PB on toasted multi-grain – YUM!

Brant opted for a Triple-Decker with jelly, PB and FLUFF!  Check this thing out!

I also ordered a House Chai from the coffee and tea shop next door.

They sweeten their chai with honey and figs.  How cool.

My sandwich and tea were so delicious!  If you are in Portland, definitely check out Portland Market and hit up these 2 hot spots.

I enjoyed every bite.

It was such a gross day, so we just hung out the rest of the afternoon.  Before we hit the road, we enjoyed some afternoon tea.

I am in love with Rebecca’s teapot!

Then, we ventured out into the storm for our trek home.  On our way, we stopped at Whole Foods for some fuel.  I filled my take away container and of course, finished it all.  In my mix: Kale and avocado salad, red quinoa and black beans, marinated cucumbers, carrot and rice slaw, quinoa patty and guac and a few homemade tortilla chips.

I am normally dissapointed when I get take out from Whole Foods because everything always looks so much better than it tastes!  But, tonight was different.  I loved everything.  The highlight was the Kale & Avocado salad – I will definitely be recreating this.

We had such a wonderful weekend with friends!  Thank you Rebecca and Steve for being such tremendous hosts!