You may have noticed that I’ve been working on changing the look of Run Pretty. I changed my theme and tweaked a few small things all by myself, which seemed like a good idea at the time. Until I crashed the whole daggum site. Thankfully, Katy rescued me by texting me through it all. Without her I would have just popped open a bottle of wine and cried into the screen. Everything is back up and running now, which means I’m back to being a somewhat functioning human being. I still have a lot that I want to mess with, but that will have to wait until I get some free time. My goal is to try to do most of it on my own so it’s probably going to take about ten years and 10,000 cups of sugary coffee.
To celebrate the small victory over HTML, I went for an awesome run yesterday. My “new thing” is running without knowing my pace and without having any set distance in mind. I decided to run for 40 minutes and it was the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done. Plus, it ended up warming up to about 65 degrees. That helps a lot.
Since it was so nice and warm out, I made a stack of frozen smoothie bags. I know that fall is not famous for being smoothie season, but smoothies are just such a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. I can deal with making a cold drink in sub-zero temps if that means my child is eating spinach.
I made six individual smoothie bags in two different flavors: tropical and berry. Those are the main ones we drink, so I didn’t feel the need to get much fancier than that. I know that this is probably common sense to most of y’all, but I thought I’d share my process just in case anyone was curious.
- Gather your supplies and ingredients. You’ll need quart-sized freezer bags, a permanent marker, and all of the dry ingredients you put into your favorite smoothies.
- Label your bags with the flavor and date. You could also label them with what liquids to add, but we usually just add water based on the consistency we want. We’re boring.
- Fill ’em up! In our Berry bags, I added berries (duh), spinach, and chia seeds. In our Tropical bags, I added sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple, spinach, and chia seeds.
- Pull them out as you need them. Then you can add your liquids and other ingredients. I usually add water and a pack of Emergen C. Ryne usually adds water and protein powder. I add carrot apple juice to Maddux’s.
There you have it. I know it doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, but I swear having those bags already prepared makes it so much simpler to throw a smoothie together. Plus, seeing them in the freezer next to the ice cream sometimes reminds me which one would be a more appropriate breakfast choice. Sometimes. 😉