Archive for ‘Smoothies’

November 8, 2011

A Run, a Smoothie, and a Bean Query

Well, it’s official. I’m in marathon-training mode. Coming from the girl who failed every presidential physical fitness test and mile run, this may sound like madness, but indeed it’s true. I’ve signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, along with my brother’s girlfriend and my childhood best friend. It’s something I’ve thought about for three years now, and I finally said “I’m gonna do it.” And I will. We don’t have a time goal, just completion- but I’m competitive enough to try to get to the point where I can run without walking intervals for a decent stretch. Two weeks into training, I’m on track to run 13 miles at the end of February. Keeping this up in icy-cold NYC should prove interesting… I’ll keep you posted.

Post-run, I needed a quick snack with tastiness and some sugar so it was smoothie time!

Super simple:

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August 30, 2011

Red Jacket Orchard Inspired Cherry Smoothie

My smoothies are quite simple: a handful of this plus a handful of that, whichever frozen fruits sound good at the time.  I’m a proponent of the all-fruit smoothies (sans dairy) as they give me a big energy boost in the morning, one that lasts especially if I save a few sips – and I’m not worried about it spoiling a bit later because of milk or yogurt.  Added bonus: when the cup is empty, add in ice-cold water and you have  a refreshing fruit water that’s tasty and keeps you hydrated.

Today’s smoothie was inspired by Red Jacket Orchards.  This local New York State farm and juice company sets up every Sunday in the Tompkins Square NYC Greenmarket with tasty samples and buckets of their sweet drinks submerged in icy water.  

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July 20, 2011

Street Fairs and Liquiteria

One brisk Saturday afternoon in April, I stumbled out of the apartment to check out the Second Avenue Street Fair.  Unlike many bitter New Yorkers, I still find street fairs entertaining and fun.  Sure they’re all incredibly similar, but it’s still fun to stroll around with a friend while people-watching and soaking up the sun.  Unfortunately, the fairs also offer up sub-par greasy food, which I learned after I wasted $4 on an inedible snack.  Much to my disappointment I discovered that in New York, many food stands fry up a bunch of zeppoles at once and then serve cold, flavorless greaseballs to unsuspecting customers.  I have fond memories of eating piping hot dough sprinkled with powdered sugar at carnivals in my high school days on Long Island.  Either way, I’m better off.  There’s not a nutritionally redeeming quality of fried dough and it’s probably best to avoid it.

While wandering around that sunny Saturday I came upon a bustling storefront.  It appeared to be an organic vegan juice bar and a popular one at that.  I had lost my appetite due to the upsetting zeppole incident (ironic since I still hadn’t eaten), so I took note of the building and planned on going back.

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August 27, 2010

A Smoothie a Day

One of the best outcomes from the whole eating-overhaul is a new burst of energy.  The source?  All-fruit smoothies.  I have become completely obsessed.

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