Friday, October 18, 2013

Challenge complete + pumpkin pie smoothie.

The Merrell Feel Your Run Challenge ended this week. I joined through one of my favorite phone apps, Map My Run. The challenge was to log 30 runs {or walks/hikes} in 45 days, between September 2 and October 17. The time period had to be a minimum of 15 minutes, and you could only log once per day.

Stats: Completed, with 30 logs!
  • Ran 50.27 miles
  • Walked 36.94 miles
  • Lost 2.2 pounds
This challenge was definitely a great motivation to try logging as many days as possible. I wish I would have run more, but getting a cold and an injury pushed things back to walking more than I had hoped. My plan is to do something similar for the holiday season, even if I have to create the challenge myself - stay tuned.

On another healthy note, I keep seeing versions of pumpkin smoothies on Pinterest and have been thinking about how I would make one myself. I tried this a few different ways and think I figured out my preference last night for a healthy smoothie with strong pumpkin flavor! This would make a great breakfast or light lunch.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
4 ice cubes
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup pumpkin puree {not pumpkin pie filling}
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt {pumpkin flavored if you can get it!}
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla

You can easily sub out the milk in this recipe for a different type, or sub a different flavor of yogurt - vanilla would work well. This is the Trader Joe's version of pumpkin greek yogurt that I love:

Yum. Enjoy!

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