Lately I have had a bit of a conundrum on my hands. I often crave the healthy deliciousness of a green smoothie, yet I also want to actually eat something that requires chewing. Sometimes I have some toast alongside my smoothie, but am never quite satisfied with it. Enter my newest obsession, smoothie soup. I had it for dinner last night and again for breakfast this morning. Steve thought I was crazy, but isn’t it pretty? I just love the vibrant green.
This breakfast smoothie soup contained a banana, soy milk, 1/2 scoop Vega Whole Food Health optimizer Vanilla Chai flavor, a crap ton of spinach, frozen mango chunks, and ice. To make it extra thick I added a pinch of guar gum and xanthan gum to the vitamix. I poured my thick creation into a bowl and topped it with a handful of Kashi Puffs, a handful of Kashi Berry Blossoms, a handful of mixed nuts and some coconut. Problem solved! I got to eat my smoothie and it was extremely satisfying and filling. Win!
Over the weekend we had one day of summer in Milwaukee. Temperatures soared into the 80’s, and though I didn’t have a run on the schedule, there was no way I wasn’t getting out in the heat! Maybe I’m crazy, but I actually like working out in the heat. Steve and I headed out for an easy 7-miler, and I brought my camera so I could show you the beautiful route I get to run every day. The temperature as reported by Walgreens at the start of our run:
View of Lake Michigan from the top of St. Mary’s Hill. This is the hill I have been doing my hill repeats on. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it is looooong and pretty steep in spots.
Another view of the lake from high up on the running path. In summer the view is a bit more obstructed with the leaves on the trees.
Lake Drive is full of old mansions that are fun to look at.
Then it’s through Lake Park. There’s a par 3 golf course as well as tennis courts and lots of open space and trees.
After running through the park, we headed downhill to the lakefront.
There were plenty of people enjoying the beach.
Unfortunately the custard stand is not open for the season yet :-(
The lakefront path was so crowded. In Wisconsin, everyone knows that on a day like this you get out and take advantage of the weather. You never know when another nice day is coming.
In case you were thinking about doing a little ice skating today, probably not such a great idea.
Another view of the lake:
The Milwaukee Co War Memorial. Steve and I got married here on the huge terrace overlooking the lake almost 3(!) years ago.
I accidentally took a picture of Steve’s foot while we were waiting at a cross walk. Check out his cool new Vibrams:
And as reported by Walgreens towards the end of our run:
Yes, it says 87. What a glorious day. I want summer. Now.
As much as living in Wisconsin in the winter makes me want to curl up and die a slow death, the summers are nothing short of amazing. They only last for 3 months or so, but they are jam-packed with beautiful weather, boating, running, biking, festivals, and parties. Nevermind the humidity and mosquitoes, just nevermind.