Saturday and the Very Berry Shake

All in all yesterday was a nice little Saturday: hung out in the morning lounging about; then early afternoon went out for a 7.62 mile run with B1 aka Noah B aka The Hubs (half marathon in 5 weeks!).  After the delicious apple spice baked oatmeal for breakfast I only had a half a banana and a couple graham crackers before the run.  When we got home I was hungry for something, but didn’t really know what so I made a protein shake. Yum yum!

Pre-run pic….no pics afterward, but we didn’t look quite this perky. B1 and I will be running in the Glass City Half Marathon in Toledo, OH on April 27.  This winter has really kicked my running butt.  The last 2 years that I’ve been running outside in the winter it’s been fairly mild and we haven’t had to contend with too much snow and ice.  Not this year.  It’s been rough, really rough.  Spring is finally starting to show it’s face in that the pavement’s mostly dry and I don’t feel like I’m going to break my ankle every time I go out for a run.

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I generally buy berries when they’re on sale, but that usually means I end up buying too many and can’t eat them all fresh before they go bad.  So, instead of wasting them, I throw them in a baggie and put them in the freezer – then I have frozen berries on hand when I need to make a delicious smoothie or shake.  See the Very Berry Shake recipe below!  Buying the berries fresh and then freezing themprobably saves some money as well since those bags of frozen berries/fruit can be pretty pricey if they’re not on sale.

Very Berry Shake

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1 C Frozen Berries (I used combo of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries)

½ Banana (I used frozen)

1 C Almond Milk (I used Unsweetened Vanilla – you could use regular milk, coconut water, regular water)

½ scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1 dollop Almond Butter (approx. 2 Tbs)

1 tsp Flax Seed

Blend and enjoy!

(Makes about 20 oz – 2 small servings or 1 healthy serving)

* The almond butter in this shake makes it creamy and gives it a delicious richness. This was pretty thick and super tasty!

Today we are:

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(drawing by B1)

This afternoon we’re meeting with our real estate agent to look at more houses. We’ve already found 2 that we liked enough to put offers in on, but they both had water issues so alas, no house for us yet. Onward and upward! Maybe 3rd time’s the charm, right? Happy Sunday!

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