Easy strawberry smoothie

Today I bought two containers of strawberries for $2 on the street. What is that, like 10 cents per berry? And here I was, thinking the two red peppers I scored for $1 was a steal. Thus, the abundance of berries inside my fridge and the abundance of sunshine outside my window inspired me to break out the new blender (!!!) and get down to business this afternoon.

Strawberry smoothie

Easy strawberry smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or sugar substitute)

Strawberry smoothie recipe
Instructions: 1. Blend. Consume. Easy enough, right?

Happy weekend, all!

Craving – noun \ˈkrā-viŋ\: To desire strongly; to feel an insatiable longing

Today was all about cravings.

Craving #1 was very specific. A Starbucks grande non-fat pumpkin spice frappuccino light blended coffee. Considering I’m in full-fledged pumpkin mode, but the weather is retreating back to summer temperatures – it was wonderful. Actually, it was more than wonderful, it was delicious. And for only 150 calories and .5 g of fat – it was a no brainer.

Craving #2 was fruity.

After getting back from my six miler tonight – I didn’t feel like eating dinner. But I did feel like eating fruit, in abundant quantities. Weird? Nbd.

So – first I went for sliced peach with cinnamon.

… and then, as I was sitting here catching up on my Project Runway I felt a cool breeze hit me through the window. Almost immediately I had a burning desire for apples. Warm ones. ASAP.

Enter Google, followed by some inspiration from my good friend Rachael Ray. With a few modifications my craving was satisfied. Totally.

Just like apple pie, without the calories. In my fall-time quick fix:

  • one sliced gala apple
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

I simply sauteed my sliced apples for six minutes, then added the rest of the ingredients and indulged. The next time, I’d contemplate taking off the skin and perhaps adding some coolwhip. But hey, it can only go up from here right?

What do you crave?

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it” [Oprah Winfrey]

Warning: Sporadic entry ahead.

I feel as if I’ve been running everywhere lately, literally. Per usual, I’ve been a girl on the go. After a long weekend (Wednesday to Saturday) celebrating a few birthdays with the gals, it’s good to be home for a solid amount of time – and back in the gym. Training for my third half marathon is officially in play (signing up tomorrow night) and the fundraising e-mail is being drafted. Throughout the training, I’ll be posting my running log and a “Tip Of The Day” for aspiring first-timers.

My weekend consisted of a lot of this:

Photos galore - I'll restrain from posting sorority style group pics. New wardrobe additions: check.

A solid amount sunshine, sand between my toes, suntan lotion and QT at the beach. Favorite thing about Long Island: beaches with real waves along the Atlantic Ocean. Oh Milford - how your Long Island Sound shores are oh so subpar.

Smart dining choices. Shown here: a fresh fruit cup - the perfect addition to Thursday morning's brunch.

Driving. Snapped a shot of the NYC skyline while sitting in some serious traffic.

Oh … and this:

The chilly, rainy weather demanded an appropriate lunch. Maybe not the most beautiful picture – but butternut squash soup was the perfect, delicious touch to a gloomy afternoon.

Sidenote: I was just channel surfing and stumbled upon the 2003 treasure “What a Girl Wants.” “You Get Me” by Michelle Branch is playing. Yes, I’m having nostalgia. Yes, I’ve been following her on Twitter. And I may or may not have taken a break from blogging to check out what songs of hers I have on iTunes, reminiscing of my awkward Abercrombie & Fitch filled middle school days.

Hard to believe August is almost over. It’s already time back-to-school (or for many of us: a harsh reality check) and soon enough – it’ll be wedding season, marathon time and my boy will be back in the United States. For now, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the corniness of Amanda Bynes in her peak.

Oh! And before I forget – I’ve been getting a bunch of questions via e-mail, and I definitely want to take the time to address some of them this week! Lookout for upcoming entries talking about:

  1. Healthy lifetstyle suggestions for gals on the go
  2. Talking to friends about making healthier choices
  3. How to make positive changes when you feel like there’s no hope

What’s your favorite meal for a rainy day? Anyone else training for an October/ November race?

Today’s workout song: “Freedom 90″ by The Cat’s Meow