Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Morning Berry Smoothie

Sometimes you attempt something and you just fail. I tried to go back on a little bit of a detox this week. Not one of those nutty maple syrup and water ones, but one that cuts out common allergens (gluten, soy, refined sugars, etc.) and focuses on whole foods. I did it last year. I felt great afterwards. I had more energy, clearer mind, and it didn't hurt that I lost a few pounds as well. However, I wasn't training my body back into running then. Here comes the fail part.

Any runner knows that if you're going to run, you need fuel. A detox that incorporates more of a liquid type breakfast and dinner, with a hefty protein-packed lunch, probably isn't going to be enough fuel if you're running. I learned that the hard way yesterday. All motivated, I made my smoothies, a healthy lunch of almond-crusted chicken and somewhere around 5pm my blood sugar just started crashing. If you've had it happen, you know what I mean. I got the clammy, cold sweats, the headache, and the feeling of faintness. I chomped through almonds, veggies and my night smoothie before cracking. I rushed home from work to eat a piece of bread.

Then it hit me. I've done this detox once. I enjoy the results, but the overall lifestyle is not for me. I *love* bread, pasta, really, baked goods in general. I love them in moderation. I'm not going to cut them out, because, for me, that's not living my happy life. I do, however, need to practice more restraint. I need to move more, snack less, and make small changes where I can. That's what I took away from the last time I did this, small changes make big differences.

So I'm adapting it what I'm doing for the next week or so. I'm going to cut back on gluten, but not get rid of it, I know from last time, it's not any energy culprit in my diet. I swapped my (dirty secret here) sweet non-dairy creamer and sugar in my coffee (I'm not giving that up again either) for almond milk and stevia. I'm going to work in more whole grains, like quinoa, on more of a regular basis.

Oh and I'm still going to eat bread, and sweets, and pasta - just in moderation.

I am going to keep the smoothie in the morning for a little bit. I like the way it eases my body into the day. This little recipe is simple and super refreshing in the morning when paired with you coffee or tea, or whatever you take in the morning. If you're wondering where Miss Local and In Season got all these berries - I freeze them in the summer so I can use them now. They're not great for eating alone, but in baked goods and smoothies, they're perfect, enjoy!

Morning Berry Smoothie
Makes: 1 to 1.5 smoothies

1/2 cup ice
5 strawberries (frozen or fresh work for all the berries)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use sweetened, but omit the agave syrup)
1 teaspoon agave syrup

I know, this is rocket science, right?

Combine all ingredients above in a blender and process until smooth. If you'd like it a little less thick, feel free to add some more almond milk.

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Michelle Collins said...

Yum! I've actually been planning to make more smoothies, and this is a great recipe. I also love how you freeze the fresh berries for later use!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Gorgeous photo!

Kate @ said...

Oh my gosh, this berry smoothie sounds so yummy... I love that you included blackberries...delish!

Crepes of Wrath said...

This sounds so light and refreshing first thing in the morning, and I especially love that you used almond milk. Since it's still winter, I'll have to add some frozen berries to my next shopping list!

Michelle Collins said...

Yum! I've actually been planning to make more smoothies, and this is a great recipe. I also love how you freeze the fresh berries for later use!