I really try to keep my ego in check because I know how dangerous she can be. Good thing I screw up enough to stay humble. 🙂 But, every now and then I do something brillant. And today is such a day!
Allow me a moment to share…
I got to the park ready to run and realized that my one of my kids stole my headphones. Wasn’t happy with those two at that particular moment. So that left me time to really think on my run. Which I really did not want to do. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired. As a matter of fact, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. I’ve been experiencing some new symptoms. My disease (Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) is known to travel with Sjrogren’s and Lupus and I can tell I am headed in the direction of one or both of those. Extremely dry eyes and mouth, kidney pain, rashes and photosensitivity have all been coming in waves the last few months.
I’ve made adjustments in my workouts (post about that coming real soon) and tweaked my eating AGAIN. Which leads me to my thoughts on my run. I am a clean eater but I when I am having a ‘flare’ I have to take extra measures. I’ve added some additional supplements and I been focusing on restoring the good flora in my gut. For the last year I’ve been brewing and drinking Kombucha and really seeing a huge difference in how I feel. I am sure that it has something to do with the fact that I’ve put it in the place of my evening glass of wine BUT there is no denying the tremendous probiotic benefits of fermented foods. My husband has been making yogurt for about as long and also cooks with the Keifer (close probiotic cousin to yogurt). I am a one fermented girl! I truly believe that the reason I am able to get up from a rough night and still run 2.5 miles is because of my lifestyle and eating choices. Oh, and there is that being stubborn thing.
When Jan and I were on our way back from our run, she mentioned that she had a ton of yogurt left (our friend Nirmala makes it for her; she actually got my husband started on his journey). I remembered that I had two mangos that needed to be used…. MANGO LASSI! Now, it is really not the season for mangos or mango lassi ( a refreshing Indian drink) but neither of us like wasting food. Besides, I had a rough night of symptoms last night and could use a healthy dose of good stuff in my belly. I was prepping to make the lassi when I thought…
I should put greens it! I was daring to be great on this one (Brene Brown anyone?).
The kale, mango lassi was born. I can’t swear by it but I think this is an original invention. <—–here is Miss Ego. Thought I’d point her out. Regardless, is really, really good.
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups yogurt (homemade is best but organic store bought is fine too)
2 very ripe mangos sliced
Blend until smooth.
Add two cups of kale to the mixture. Blend.
Squeeze about a tablespoon of raw, local honey and blend a bit more.
This is how it looks. What a pretty shade of green!!!!
Pretty damn proud of myself. 🙂
I still have a little yogurt and a pineapple that is looking at me sideways. Round 2 here I come!