Power Pie Smoothie (aka Jetpack in a Glass, kah-blammo!)

Power Pie Smoothie | the pig & quill

Earlier this summer I turned 30. I think we talked about it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I promised you at least a post or two recapping all the celebrating (read: championship face-stuffing) we did in New York.

This. IsNotOneOfThosePosts.

No, sadly for you, this post is a little whinier. Don’t act surprised. Or maybe do act surprised. (Whining, who me?) The bottom line is this: I am now the glorious age of 30, and for my thirtieth birthday — and with my own crazy-lady blessing — I have been gifted with…

…a half-marathon.

W-T-F you G-U-Ys. How did I let this happen? How did I let this bajillion week training schedule wiggle into my Google Drive and sneak attack me with daily weigh-ins and running logs? (OK, maybe I asked for that one. Pretty sure I did.) How did I suddenly decide that running more than “to the bathroom” was anywhere near a good idea? This can’t be my doing. My conscience has definitely fallen prey to aliens. (Have you read The Host? Great, same page…)

In case you forgot, a half-marathon is a little over 13 miles. Run 18,000 of them and you’re at the MOON. THE FREAKING MOON. This is not a joke.

But perhaps there’s an upside.
You see, I’m pretty sure I’m “training” now. You know, if shopping for new workout clothes during the Victoria’s Secret online clearance sale counts as training, duh.

And when you’re training, you can justify all sorts of fun things, like post-training protein drinks.
Or, even better, post-training smoothies.
No, wait, post-training smoothies that taste like milkshakes.
OrOrOrIknowIknow! Post-training smoothies like taste like PIE.

Ding!

Power Pie Smoothie | the pig & quill

Power Pie Smoothie | the pig & quill

This smoothie isn’t necessarily low-cal, but it’s full of good-for-you things that do a body great when you’re being all active and doing running stuffs. Like greek yogurt (did you know the plain, 0% stuff has 22 grams of protein per 8 oz serving!!?), fresh fruit, a hint of maple syrup, warm cinnamon and creamy, power-packed almond butter.

It’s more or less a jetpack in a glass, ‘far as this 30-year-old can tell.
A jetpack in a glass that tastes like PIE.

Power Pie Smoothie | the pig & quill

Power Pie Smoothie | the pig & quill

Power Pie Smoothie (aka Jetpack in a Glass)
By Emily Stoffel
Prep time: 5 mins | Serves 2

Note: This tastes so much like dessert that I chose to have mine with a side of dessert: cookies. Highly recommended, totally up to you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 T almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 8 oz 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 cups frozen mango
  • 1 T real maple syrup
  • generous dash cinnamon
  • 1.25 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and whirl until smooth. Serve in a piecrust glasses — or Mason jars, optionally decorated with hearts.

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