Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Simple Green Smoothies and Diet Coke

So this post is just a quickie. I'm feeling really tired for some reason (er, could be the 4/5hours sleep per night). I was also supposed to be going out for dinner with S, but he has to work late. These things happen, but it still leaves me feeling a little deflated. This turn of events did, however, leave me with a bit of free time to run. I ran for 30 minutes, which I was planning to do due to tiredness/poorly foot. It was a pretty difficult run and I wasn't particularly in the mood, but I had it in my head that I was going to run for 30 minutes, so run for 30 minutes I did. I'm quite glad that I did in the end.

After my run I made myself a scrummy green smoothie. The lovely Katherine, over at Real Food Runner Blog is doing a seven day green smoothie challenge. I don't drink one everyday, and I'm by no means experimental (yet), but as I made a simple green smoothie tonight, I thought I'd share, as you do ;)

* 1 Banana
*2 handfuls of spinach
*Almond milk
*1 tsp ff yoghurt all blended up in the blender.

....and that's it for my usual smoothie. Simple, but it hits the spot every time. When I'm feeling 'daring', I'll add a bit of protein powder, or flax seeds.

And here it is in all its glory alongside tonight's dinner of a sweet potato, leaves and quorn pieces. Yummy. This photo is a reminder that I definitely need to tidy the kitchen. Slacker.

Ooh, another thing that this photo is reminding me of is diet coke (there's a sneaky bottle in the background, next to the primary school scissors *which I need to put away*). I used to drink litres of the stuff every day, and my consumption was getting a bit out of control. I would wake up at 3am and swig from a bottle that I kept beside my bed. I would NEED to have it on my desk at work to keep me going, or so I thought. Well, I, almost by accident, stopped drinking it on NYE. I didn't drink it for 6 whole days (which is a big thing for me) and then I cracked yesterday. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, and it was getting late, <insert other excuse here> and so I bought a bottle. To my surprise, I found that it didn't really quench my thirst, and I didn't really feel like drinking it all. There is still 1/3 of a bottle left on the counter today. I'm surprised by this (truly; I am-was-a diet coke fiend) but I'll go with the healthy flow. I will still finish the bottle because I can't let a good bit of coke go to waste, but it's good to know that I don't need to buy it.

Speaking of protein powders (before the photo, keep up) I added some of my whey protein powder to my porridge this morning, in the hope that it would keep my energy levels up all morning. I added the chocolate flavour this time, and it tasted fine (if a bit chalky), but my stomach has been irritating me all day. It's made me feel a bit bloated and...er...windy. Has anyone else experienced this? It's rather embarrassing! 

O.k, enough of my tummy problems.

Have you been making any interesting smoothies? Can you provide me with some inspiration? 

Thanks for all the helpful comments so far by the way. I feel like I'm getting to know some lovely people :) I respond to comments by hitting the reply button below, so do check for responses. 


  1. YUMMY!...i really wanna try those out.
    Nice post :)

  2. Yay for green smoothies!! I sometimes get too experimental and create complete garbage...healthy garbage lol. The best smoothies are the simple ones like your's looks delicious!! Oh and I know how you feel about the diet coke, so addicting, but I'm glad I kicked it....for now. Love your blog! New follwer here!

    xo Andrea

    1. Healthy, experimental garbage sounds good, haha. Well done for kicking the diet coke habit. I've slipped up a few times, but I'm more of a social diet coke drinker now ;)


  3. I love sweet potato. IT all look very yummy. x

  4. I have a small green smoothies page on my blog, but if you want a really great range of smoothies I'd have a look at Keeping Healthy, Getting Stylish - Laura has some brilliant smoothie combos (www.keepinghealthygettingstylish.com).

    Protein powders do give a lot of people tummy troubles - Sun Warrior does mess with mine a bit to be honest but I'm too addicted to give it up :P I think hemp protein is the only one I've tried that doesn't give me problems, but I'm not really a fan of how it tastes.


    1. Ooh, I'll have a look at your smoothie page on your blog, I could do with a bit of inspiration at the moment.

      I'm glad it's not only me that protein powder messes with (well, not glad that you experience it too, but...you know what I mean). I've heard that hemp protein tastes a bit grassy, so I'll probably risk a few 'minor' tummy problems for the taste.

      I'm still tempted to try Sun Warrior...


  5. I love making green smoothies. I make one with spinach, apple, mint, cucumber, melon, mango, apple juice and yogurt, very fresh and definitely wakes me up in the morning :D


    1. Sounds delicious! I might give it a try..goodness knows I need waking up in the morning. Xx

  6. Nice blog :)


    Coline !