After running this weekend, I decided to make some healthy lunch/snack items to eat so I will get strong and awesome.
Ever since my first job as a smoothie maker at Creative Juices when I was 16, I have been obsessed with smoothies. There is an art to it. I recently decided that buying frozen fruit is expensive. So instead I have been buying a can of crushed pineapple and then freezing it in individual sandwich bags to use in my smoothies. It works very well and since the pineapple is crushed, you don't get big chunks in your smoothie. The key to smoothie making is making sure you have blended everything together perfectly. Feel free to take the blender cup off the blender and shake it around if things aren't blending properly. Chunks are bad. Your smoothie is done blending when your smoothie spins around in a circle that dips into the middle (while the blender is still going). Like the bottom of the blender is sucking down your smoothie in a circular motion. You will know it when you see it. Trust me. OK onward.
Women's Health Smoothie....
-1 small container of vanilla yogurt (6-8 oz)
-a splash of cranberry juice (or any juice really)
-1/3 of a frozen banana
-1/5 of a can of crushed pineapple (frozen in little plastic baggies, throw away bag though, don't blend)
Blend it up until it's smooth (see above) and drink it out of a beer glass (if you want to and you have a bunch of beer glasses). Good stuff.
Then I decided to make a spinach quinoa salad. Spinach is a super food and all. The key to this salad is this......