Yesterday I ran my very first race. A 12k charitable run which I successfully managed to finish and live to tell the tale (though I had serious doubts in the 12th
hour km). To sum up the experience in one word: freakin-fantastic. Yes, that is one word in my book, the best word to describe the entire event. Over 29 000 people took part, from seasoned runners (first place winner ran at an average pace of 3 min/km…wowzers! what did his parents feed him?!) to enthusiastic children-to-grandparents families.
Atmosphere was brilliant. Participants were bursting with energy and positivism (at least at the start line). Volunteers were simply awesome, encouraging us all along the exhausting route with messages, music and supplying us with much needed water.
Among my fave messages that I need to share with you are: “Run faster, people are watching.“, “Running is cheaper than plastic surgery.” (amen to that!) or “Thank you for making a difference.” (it was a charitable race after all). At the end of the day, they raised over $1.2 million for great charity causes such as cancer research, prevention and support, assistance to people affected by diabetes, research and support to people suffering from heart disease and so many others aimed at children, disabilities, homelessness and what not. Am happy I took part and supported the event, albeit I was a very very small part of a big thing. Then again, big results are made of many tiny contributions. 🙂
Today I am still slightly sore, but also still happy and proud of myself. That is why I considered I deserve a little morning spoil and made this creamy, rich, vanilla sweet smoothie, with dates and almond milk. But because old habits die hard, I just had to
add hide a veggie in it. And that veggie is….cauliflower. Raw cauliflower. Weird combo, I know, but cauliflower is rich in vitamins C and K and has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Which I need. Don’t be put off by it and try not to skip it. You won’t even know it’s there and it will nourish your body.
- 1/3 cup (50 gr) almonds
- 1 cup (250ml) water
- 4 dates, roughly chopped
- 2-3 cauliflower florets
- 1 big frozen banana, peeled and roughly chopped
- a pinch of vanilla bean paste
- 1 TBSP sweetener of choice (raw honey, maple syrup, agave)
- Additional 2/3 cup (170ml) water
- To serve: cinnamon powder
- Add almonds and 1 cup water to the blender and process until you have milk.
- You can strain the mixture or leave as is. See below.*
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the almond milk and blend away until you have your smoothie.