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Start your morning off right with this healthy Spinach Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie! Combine unsweetened almond milk, dark chocolate almond milk, water, strawberries, fresh spinach and Chocolate Shakeology in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately, and enjoy the chocolate-y strawberry deliciousness of this breakfast smoothie.
Boston has been on my mind and heart since Monday, and I’ve taken several moments in the days between then and now to pause and reflect.
It breaks my heart that someone felt compelled to plan and execute something so horrific. It breaks my heart that people have lost their lives and been injured; that people have lost loved ones, friends and family members; that others have lost limbs and their livelihoods.
It breaks my heart that we live in such a broken world.
However, there are so many uplifting stories that have come out of this tragedy that I can hardly mention them all in this simple blog post or even keep track of the GOOD that has come out of the bad. This includes people offering up rooms, rides and food to displaced runners, so many people donating blood that the blood banks in Boston could take on no more, the bravery of individuals in the face of crisis. It’s inspiring stuff.
As a runner, I can tell y’all that running is more than just something you do — it’s a community. A tight-knit one, at that, and one where runners support each other from all over the world. You make friends running, and the runners I know are some of the best people around. And as I’ve moved around, I have continued to keep in touch with those pals I made while running.
Running is an individual sport, but the community is what keeps me coming back time and again. And I know, in the face of this travesty that happened in Boston, we will come together and lift one another up. We will support one another. And we will continue running.
Today, I am sharing a runner-centric recipe with y’all.
In fact, as you read this, 10 awesome friends of mine and me are participating in a relay from Huntington Beach to San Diego. We’ll each be running three legs, covering between 12 and 24ish miles a piece over the course of the next 36 hours. (If you really want to follow the details, follow my personal Twitter account.
Yes, I realize this kind of relay sounds crazy to non-runners. Yes, I sometimes think I’m crazy for doing things like this. (See: The Rouge-Orleans last year and the day we finished before I had time to reflect and decide that, yes, it was a good experience even though it was tough, and yes, I’d like to do another relay one day.) But it’s awesome and oh-so-much fun after you get over the fact that you’re running a ridiculous distance AND essentially living in a van for the entirety of the relay, and I cannot wait to report back to y’all on how it went.
This recipe is one that I make most mornings before I head out for a run or for my workout. It’s a random combination of flavors, but I absolutely love it, and it definitely starts my day off on the right foot.
I present: The Strawberry-Spinach Breakfast Smoothie.
Spinach Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate almond milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries (frozen OK)
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1/2 scoop Chocolate Shakeology (or other chocolate drink mix)
- Combine all ingredients in the blender.
- Blend until smooth and delicious.
- Enjoy as a fresh start to your day!