Couch to 5K & a Green Monster.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have a strong desire to become a runner this year. Now, for those who know me well, you’ll concur that I’ve had the desire to run for several years now; however, I’ve never stuck with it.

There have been several instances of my attempt at running, yet, nothing has stuck. I always become too winded, get side cramps, my legs burn, my lungs burn, I feel like I’m dying, etc. Not this year. 

This year, I’ve decided to slowly work my way into running.

On Monday, I started the Couch to 5K program. So far, it has been going really well. I feel like this is something that will slowly become a habit and eventually, a way of life.

In starting back at the gym this week, I’ve noted that I can’t continue eating the way I did over Christmas break. No more cookie binges. No more eggnog. No more sugary coffee drinks. It’s time to get down to business.

I’d say I’ve done a pretty decent job at keeping the sweets at bay (and with recipes like the one below, it hasn’t been too difficult.) 🙂

I must admit, I borrowed the recipe from my favorite blogger, Iowa Girl Eats, but for good reason. These ‘Green Monster’ drinks are SO tasty and the health benefits are endless.

Some health benefits of spinach: Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only 40 calories! (Read more on spinach here.)

I can’t wait to start making these for breakfast more often (or even in the afternoon for a delicious snack). Yum.

Green Monster (2)

Green Monster
1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Green Monster

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