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2014 The Year of the Veggies

I decided I really, really need to up my vegetable consumption for 2014. ¬†The good thing about getting a little older (wait, what? did I just say that?) Backup a minute…..I mean the good thing about getting wiser ūüôā ¬†is that I really like veggies now. ¬†Especially dark green veggies like spinach and kale. ¬†When I was a kid I wasn’t all that fond of them or veggies in general. ¬†Maybe my taste buds have changed, maybe I got less picky, or maybe I just finally realized how healthy veggies really are? ¬†Probably a combo of the three. ¬†But I am also all about simple and quick. ¬†And my biggest issue of getting veggies into every meal is poor planning. ¬†I am not the best meal planner on the planet, ask my family I am sure they would love to tell you all about it.

“But 2014 will be different! (she says wholeheartedly) And we shall eat all colors of the rainbow!” ¬†

Everyone at the Runfyhp household!  

Yes even you Mr. Thirteen-year-old that gags at almost anything green.


(The cheering crowd roars in the background, just loud enough to cover my children’s moans of frustration, lol.)

With that being said I have found ways to kind of sneak them into my day and I will show you how you can too!

For today lets start with breakfast.  Most days (especially on workout days) I do a protein shake post workout.  This is my favorite (read simple) recipe if you want to try it:

Runfyhp Spinach / Berry Protein Shake

1 cup almond milk

1 1/2 cups raw organic spinach

1 scoop protein powder ( I use Garden of Life Raw Protein)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 cup mixed frozen berries

Blend it up and voila!  You first serving of veggies for the day is in the bag, or in this case your body.  Wohoo!

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What is your favorite veggie?


Frozen Dark Chocolate Protein Shake

The first time I ever had frozen hot chocolate was with Cara my buddy from over at Running In Sanity during our celebratory dinner after Nike DC.

Recently I found a recipe for a frozen hot chocolate protein drink. ¬†I loved the idea BUT didn’t agree with all the ingredients 100%. ¬†I do not use “diet” hot chocolate. ¬†I do my best to steer away from aspartame, sucralose¬†etc. ¬†They also added stevia. ¬†So they took out real sugar, added fake crap and then put in stevia? ¬†Seemed kinda strange to me. ¬†Call me crazy but I prefer raw sugar and yes I eat real butter too, but that is a whole different topic. ¬†Anyway I went with Organic Hot Cocoa that uses raw cane sugar in it.

So this is how I reconfigured it and made it dark and delicious:

1) switched to dark chocolate (because I love, love, love dark chocolate)

2) I used Green & Black’s brand organic dark hot chocolate mix instead of diet hot cocoa (yuck)

3) Dark Chocolate Cocoa powder instead of milk chocolate powder

4) I added a half cup of coconut milk because I didn’t want to add whip cream (which was suggested in the original recipe)

5) I used my fav – Garden of Life Raw protein powder

Ended up with 32 grams of protein thanks to my protein powder and cottage cheese. Not too shabby!

It was AWESOME ūüôā ¬†Maybe not something I would have everyday…well maybe ūüėČ ¬†But I thought I would share: ¬†I took this straight from my MyFitnessPal page:


Runfyhp Frozen Dark Chocolate Smoothie

Blue Diamond РAlmond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla 30 Calorie 1/2 cup 15 1 1 1 1
Cottage Cheese – Cottage Cheese Breakstone’s – Small Curd Fat Free, 1/2 Cup (120g) 80 8 0 11 0
Garden of Life – Raw Protein Beyond Organic Protein Formula (Vanilla), 23 grams (1scoop) 90 4 0 17 3
Hersheys – Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder, 1 tbl 10 3 1 1 2
Green & Black’s Organic – Hot Chocolate Drink – Dark Chocolate, 4 tsp 80 15 2 2 2
Add Food

275 31 4 32 8

10 -12 ice cubes

Mixed in my Vitamix….YUM

Totals:   275 Calories, 31 gm carbs,  4 gm fat,  32 gm protein, 8 gm fiber