It’s been a great first half of March.  I was able to kick off the first weekend with an Olympic-ish distance race + post race quality time in Palm Desert with my parents and Geoff. For me, the race served two main purposes:  to shake out the proverbial cobwebs (I haven’t raced since June of last year) and to serve as a litmus test to gage my running progression over the last two months.   I shelved the racing flats and stocked the Hokas in transition. Result?  AG win and only 3 seconds off my run split the from two years–go marshmallow shoes–I’ll take it.

Rockin' out pre race with my HERev gals

Rockin’ out pre race with my HERev gals–note the Hokas on two of us.

Throwback:   My Tiguan came with a short subscription to Sirius.  Driving to Palm Desert, I heard this:  LOL

Hello 1997--hadn't heard you in a decade +

Hello 1997–hadn’t heard you in a decade +

We spent a couple of extra days in Palm Desert and did a day at the spa at the JW Marriott.  I convinced them that a date shake CAN be made VEGAN.  It was so good that I’ve been recreating it at home.  I have a “love-love” relationship with dates-especially the fat, soft, pillow-y Medjool type.   Like raisins (thank you Carl, learned about this last week), they have an alkalizing effect on your body.  I often eat them in training and used them for fuel on the bike last year at IMWhistler.  They are caramel-sweet in flavor and very versatile.  In cooking, I’ve incorporated them into everything from plant-based vinaigrette to chili to lemon curd.   A couple of notes for this recipe: The best way to keep a supply of frozen bananas on hand is to let them ripen fully on your counter.  When brown spots start to appear, de-sheath (is that a word?) or PEEL bananas and break up into 4-5 pieces. Freeze.  Don’t freeze bananas in the peels as you will end up with a liquid banana mess when they defrost. I keep about a bunch ahead so that I always have a supply.  Secondly, I’m a huge fan of making shakes and smoothies green with a couple handfuls of spinach, so don’t hesitate to throw some into the mix. Wheatgrass powder is also a good addition but it lacks the neutral flavor that spinach has. Coconut Butter is a great way to add extra creaminess.

Date Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Alternative Milk
  • 1 frozen Banana
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/8th (pinch) Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Ice
  • Options: 1-2 handfuls of spinach; 1 tsp wheatgrass powder; 1 Tbsp Chia or Hemp seeds, 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in high-speed blender.  Enjoy!
Date Shake at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert

Date Shake at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert

I’m off for a quick run–loaded a couple o’ Backstreet Boy songs onto the iPod for s*&%s and giggles.

Next up:  Oceanside 70.3