It’s a lazy day off, but I am motivated to write a short post to ring in the New Year. After all, this is a website devoted to healthy eating and activity.  I have to say that after a very productive and busy December in both profession and sport; lots of conservative eating days to get that extra dress size weight off-FINALLY!, and the typical whirlwind of holiday travel and entertaining that I am relishing this lazy day.   This wasn’t a scheduled day off for triathlon training (shhhhh, don’t tell Coach Kurt), but I have been training hard (maybe running a little too much—again, shhhhhh, don’t tell Coach Kurt), my legs are sore and I just feel like hanging in the house with Geoff and the dogs.
I’ve been researching websites and favorite blogs the last 2 hours.  That’s code for “I’ve been sitting in front of the computer for the better part of the day; eschewing the 70 degree San Diego weather beckoning me to run and flitting from site to site with no purpose and basically not being productive”.  The athletes’ blogs all have me feeling guilty that I haven’t done a workout today—my god, are they all as type A as they seem? The foodie blogs are resonating with me that I need to practice what I preach (as I shovel the 14th salty “Pop” chip into my mouth and aimlessly open the frig for at least the 20th time in 3 hours ).  So what if I had an extra glass of bubbly and a mountain of dark chocolate last night while ringing in the New Year? (East Coast time that is, I was actually asleep by 10:30).  At least the chocolate was organic.
I’m happy and almost feel a privileged sense of smugness that I am able to blog about food and training.  I am really passionate about my profession as a healthy eating, whole foods chef and my “hobby” as an athlete.  However, with my New Year’s resolutions on hold until 12:01 a.m. January 2nd, I decided to pour myself the remaining glass the Nicolas Feuillatte rose champagne (yum) and grab a handful of organic chocolate (double yum) and write a little New Year’s cheer.  My long run can wait until tomorrow.  My self-imposed “optional” yoga class can wait until tomorrow. Cleaning the house can wait until tomorrow.  Organizing the sock drawer can wait until tomorrow.  Never mind that I have all the time in the world today and tomorrow is a workday.  Somehow I will manage to get it all done.  Well maybe the sock drawer can wait.  LOL.
My bacon-and-ketchup loving husband made a great smoothie the other day and I thought that I would share it with you.  You need to remember that with smoothies, anything goes as long as you like the taste of it and it is composed of healthy ingredients (sorry, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream doesn’t count as one of the latter).  Geoff was trying to use up ingredients that we had in the house, so if you don’t have freshly squeezed OJ on hand, etc., you can substitute something else.  Smoothies are so great for your body because the blender does the first and major part of the digestion process for you—masticating all of those great ingredients so that your body can a) absorb and assimilate them and b) put less energy into the digestion process and more into other areas that might need attention such as an injury and/or illness.  Geoff’s creation is vegan (yes, Geoff, I will make note here that you are most certainly NOT a vegan), packed full of Omega 3s, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.  All ingredients are organic.

Geoff’s Apple, Raspberry and Chocolate Smoothie

  • ½ Cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice (omit and add water and/or soymilk if not available)
  • ½ Cup Soy or Nut Milk
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • ½ Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Nibs (optional but the raspberry-chocolate flavor is most excellent)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Bee Pollen (Optional–great if you are a “bee-gan”)

Blend in high-speed blender until smooth.  Adjust consistency if necessary.  Note that the smoothie will thicken as it sits due to the gelatinous consistency of chia seeds and hydrated flax, so you want to drink it right away or stir in the chia seeds and flax just before consuming.
Warning:  Any typos and grammatical errors you find in this blog are the result of an afternoon glass of champagne.
Happy New Year everyone; have a wonderful week.