I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Penn State has lost a legend today. Sadly, Joe Paterno passed away. As a Penn Stater, this loss is hard, and I send nothing but love and prayers to his family and close friends.
It has been said that the snowy weather we have had the past few days was sent from God to give JoePa one last White Out 🙂 We’ve had almost 8 inches in 2 days!
The abundance of snow is making running a little more difficult than normal. But I was able to get a nice couple miles in today.
Almost four miles, as I ran to the stadium to see the masses congregating to the JoePa statue to pay their respects. I was moved to see how many people came out to take pictures, lay flowers, and just say thanks to great leader.
It was a calm morning to run and the view of Beaver Stadium at the top of the hill was great!
I do love Happy Valley!
Anyways…what does a runner have after a cold and snowy run? Hot coffee? Warm oatmeal? You may think so, but instead I whipped up a green monster.
I got the Ninja for Christmas and let’s just say that it’s been a great addition to my kitchen repertoire.
In the mix:
- 1/2 banana
- 2 large handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 5 – 6 frozen mango chunks
- 1 TBSP cinnamon raisin peanut butter
- 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla —> this is what I use)
Blend Blend! I was in love with this mixture. The addition of a flavored nut butter really amped up the flavor of the entire smoothie. Definitely recommend trying it.
Even though I still suck down my smoothies in the winter, I am completely obsessed with soup. The smell of soup cooking on the stove top and warmth is gives as you eat it can’t be beat at this time of year.
In the past two weeks I’ve whipped up two delicious soups that are both tasty and filling. You won’t need anything to accompany these to satisfy your winter appetite.
Soup Number 1 :
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
This soup tastes almost like Ruby Tuesday’s Broccoli Cheddar soup which I always had a huge love for.
Soup Number 2:
I had this last night for dinner and it tasted like I was back in Italy. It’s overflowing with vegetables but still tastes indulgent.
If you make these soups, prepare to have leftovers. They are freezable and are the perfect weeknight meal when you have no time to cook.
Have a great Sunday evening. Hope you’re enjoying a delicious meal that is warming you up 🙂