Green Smoothie – Cantaloupe Flip Fantasia

Today’s Green Smoothie

I’m calling today’s green smoothie the Cantaloupe Flip Fantasia (anybody know/remember that song by Us3?).  Anyway, the name comes from the main ingredient, cantaloupe. Also contributing to the name are my wife’s comments from a while back about making my smoothies more fun. And, there’s no denying that this smoothie is fun. Groovy, groovy, jazzy, funky.

Cantaloupe Flip Fantasia Smoothie Ingredients

Spring Water – 20 oz
Baby Kale – massive handful
Banana – medium, extra ripe
Cantaloupe – 1/4 of melon sliced
Dates – 2

That’s it in a nutshell, or blender in this case. I threw in the dates to sweeten the whole thing up a bit. Here’s more on the basics of making green smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

AthleteIQ.com Profile

Hi Folks,

I’ve been helping some buddies out with this project. It’s called AthleteIQ.com and it’s a social platform for endurance racing and products.

Check it out. Show friends. Find cool products – from the running shoes I like to the ingredients I put in my recovery smoothies .

If you’re an established athlete, or aspiring to become one, create a profile at AthleteIQ.com – it’s free. Or, just laugh at some goofy pictures of me, like the one above. Here’s the link to my page – http://athleteiq.com/athletes/rob-fess/

With Gratitude,
Rob

Today’s Plant-Powered Trail Run

Today’s Plant-Powered Trail Run – Mt McGinty Summit

On one of my regular Ironman training bike routes, I used to pass a trailhead that I always thought I should explore. Well, today was the day to do just that. It was short, but pretty steep. The view was well worth the trip.

Check out the video

Mt McGinty Plant-Powered Trail Run Details

Distance – 5.1 miles
Time – 1:11:36
Elevation Gain – 1,451 ft
Calories Burned – 801
Shoes – Brooks Cascadias
Fuel/Hydration – green smoothie breakfast, pre-run date, 1/2 Lara Bar and 15 oz agave water during, post-run quinoa burger

With Gratitude,
Rob

 

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s green smoothie may not be “fun” by my wife’s standards, but it was a blast for me. A “blast” of energy and flavor, that is.

I’m about to go out and hit the trails and wanted something I trusted. With that, I opted for some Earthbound Farm Organic Deep Green Blend (really just baby kale) for the greens. Frozen blueberries for the fruit. Chia seeds for some Tarahumara magic. A banana for creaminess. And, fresh turmeric for the anti-inflammatory curcumin.

That’s a pretty pedestrian smoothie, less the chia and turmeric. But, it’s fantastic.

Today’s Green Smoothie Ingredients

Spring Water – 20 oz
Banana – 1 medium
Baby Kale – huge handful of
Frozen Blueberries – 1/2 cup
Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5″

Put it all in your blender in that order, blend it up, drink, and go for a trail run 40 minutes later (or just enjoy your day). More on the basics of making green smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie

Yesterday, my wife told me that my smoothies were missing”fun”. Of course I didn’t agree with her, but I can see where she gets the idea.

Social Media, TV, magazines, all media tries to make everything as fun, beautiful, new, exotic, sensational, interesting as possible. I get it, I’m a marketer too.

But,  the first purpose of my daily green smoothie is not to entertain my taste buds. Don’t get me wrong, it (almost) always tastes fantastic to me, but more on that in a minute.  The primary reason for my smoothie is to take in fuel that gives me the energy and nutrition to support some serious cardio workouts (last week I ran 62 miles mostly on steep trails). The smoothies don’t just support the actual workout, but also help me to recover so that I can go hard again the next day.

So back to the “fun” and the taste. I avoid sweetening smoothies with anything other than the fruit, but it’s still totally fun. I certainly get quite a bit of variety by switching up the greens – today was rainbow chard. And, I’ve had everything in them from purple snow peas to dandelion leaves.  After a while, you just start to enjoy the subtle elements of flavor in a relatively basic set of nutrient-dense ingredients.

But, my wife is quite smart and I should probably give her comment some credence . So, I guess I could try adding some new stuff – maybe some chilies, salts, edible flowers, herbs or the latest whatever. I could give them silly names too like the “The Mango Tango” or “the Pesto Besto”. Look for those sorts of additions in the coming weeks.

Today’s Green Smoothie Ingredients

Spring Water – 20 oz
Banana – medium, ripe
Rainbow Chard – 4 leaves
Frozen Mango – 2/3 cup
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5 inches
Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp

Put it all in the blender in the order above, give it all a serious spin, and enjoy. More on the basics of making green smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

 

Daily Green Smoothie

The Daily Green Smoothie

Today’s green smoothie had all of the usual suspects – spring water, dino kale, frozen blueberries, a banana. It even seems like fresh turmeric root is now part of the official gang. But, for an extra boost of protein I tossed in a cup of green peas. Yep, good old-fashioned green peas.

The green peas pack quite a bit of protein for their size – about 8 grams per cup. What’s more, peas deliver Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Phosphorus, Copper, Thiamin and Manganese. Plus, they’re a great source of dietary fiber (making you feel full).

Initially, the taste is a bit garden-ish. That is, more vegetable than fruit, for those of you with a sweet tooth. But, after a few sips, the peas mellow out and the blueberries dominate.

Ingredients for Today’s Green Smoothie

Spring Water – 20 oz
Dino Kale – 5 leaves
Banana –  small
Frozen Blueberries – 2/3 cup
Frozen Green Peas – 2/3 cup
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5 inches

Put it all in your blender in that order, crank it to full power, and enjoy. More on making green smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

Daily Green Smoothie

Daily Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie was pretty standard. I started with spring water, green kale, a banana and frozen pineapple.

About the Water

I always use spring water instead of tap. With the spring water, I know I’m getting a clean, slightly-alkaline, mineral-rich source of hydration. Here’s more info on good water.

About the Greens

Today’s greens pick was green kale. Yesterday was dino kale. Tomorrow may be one of those or spinach, chard, collard greens, or something else. It’s best to mix it up for variety of taste and nutrition.

I like using a banana for creaminess and sweetness, but you can always use an avocado.

Frozen fruit gives your smoothie its cold, smoothie-like texture. Plus, with frozen fruit, you can count on great flavor and an excellent nutrient profile. Here’s more detail on Frozen Fruit.

Today’s extras were fresh turmeric root and chia seeds. The the turmeric not only delivers an anti-inflammatory punch, but also adds a snappy flavor kick. The chia seeds beef up the protein content and make me feel as if I can run hundreds of miles through the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Actually, I run on trails kind of near the border of Mexico, but that’s a story for another day.

Daily Green Smoothie Ingredients

Spring Water  – 20 oz
Green Kale – 4 leaves
Frozen Pineapple – 2/3 cup
Banana – medium size
Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5″

Toss it all in the blender in the order above and enjoy (my 4-year old did)

Green Smoothie kid

With Gratitude,
Rob

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie featured a solid base of spring water, dino kale, banana, and frozen blueberries.

I threw in a big carrot, because I just picked up a 5-lbs bag of organic carrots from Sprouts (grocery store chain with excellent produce) yesterday.

I also put in some fresh turmeric root. I’ve been putting in quite a few miles on the trails lately and wanted some of the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric’s curcumin.

Finally, I tossed in a bunch of chia seeds. As part of the prep I’m doing for the PCT 50-mile trail run, I’ve been eating a lot of chia seeds. It’s probably because I’m hoping to get some of the magic of the Tarahumara runners via the seeds.

Ingredients for Today’s Green Smoothie

Spring Water – 20 oz
Dino Kale – 5 leaves
Banana – medium, ripe
Frozen Blueberries – 1/2 cup
Carrot – large
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5 inches
Chia Seeds – 3 tbsp

Put it in the blender in the order above,  give it a spin, and enjoy. More on making green smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

PS – Hi Maddy

 

Today’s Plant-Powered Trail Run

Today’s Plant-Powered Trail Run – Sweetwater Steel Bridge and Trails

Today’s Plant-Powered Trail Run was brought to you by getting back out there. We’ve been moving (buying and selling houses), which had a serious impact on the training time and my ability to post anything. But, I’m back on the trails (and haven’t missed any daily green smoothies). 🙂

Check out the video:

Plant-Powered Run Details

Distance – 9.5 miles
Time – 1:31:00
Elevation Gain – 798 ft
Calories Burned – 1,315
Shoes – Brooks Cascadias
Fuel/Hydration – green smoothie breakfast, pre-run date, 1/2 Lara Bar and 15 oz agave water during, post-run recovery smoothie

With Gratitude,
Rob

Today’s Green Smoothie

Today’s Green Smoothie  – Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia

For today’s Green Smoothie, I got a little crazy with the chia seeds. If you don’t believe check out the image above.

Chia seeds don’t have much taste, so the overall flavor of the smoothie wasn’t influenced too much by the 8 tablespoons I put in. The texture, however, was quite thick. Not gross or anything, just gel-like.

Chia Notes

Did you know that  chia seeds are 14% protein by weight. And, nearly 40% dietary fiber by weight. Plus, they’re a great source of plant-based Omega-3s. What’s more, gram for gram, chia seeds contain more calcium than cow’s milk.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds:

    • Chia seeds have been shown to decrease blood pressure and c-reactive protein (a sign of inflammation) in type 2 diabetics.

    • Chia seeds may lower total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol, and raise good HDL cholesterol.

    • Chia seeds, when mixed with water, become gluey, or “mucilaginous,” and may help curb appetite.

Ingredients for today’s Green Smoothie

Spring Water (20 oz)
Baby Spinach (big honkin’ handful)
Banana (medium)
Frozen Blueberries (2/3 cup)
Chia Seeds (8 tbsp)
Fresh Turmeric Root (1.5 inches)
Hemp Seeds (2 tbsp)

More on making Green Smoothies.

With Gratitude,
Rob

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