Banana Pudding!

I probably don't need to say this anymore, but wow, how crazy this past week has been! I have been saying that for the past month though, so it's not unusual. I have also been saying that I hope things will start to settle down soon, but at this point, it probably isn't going to happen until the semester is over. I can still hope, though, right?

At least with this blog, I have a little time to reflect and do something more fun! As busy as I am, I am certainly accomplishing a lot which feels pretty good! I just wish my reward was more sleep! XD

For example, this weekend I volunteered at a water station for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, which is basically a rite of spring for D.C. runners. As a volunteer, I get guaranteed registration for next year's event! (I think I've found my next race...) But I had to be there at 5:30 a.m. :D So that wasn't that fun. I perked a little right up as the runners went by because I was so inspired by their energy! I'll be back up and running like them one day... :) However, I think I crashed because it was sooo cold and windy and I was tired and hungry. I accidentally fell asleep at 5 p.m. on Sunday, woke up at 8:50 p.m., brushed my teeth, and went back to sleep for the whole night.

I still enjoyed my experience volunteering, and it definitely put the races I do into perspective. So much work goes into making sure things are good for the runners. I actually think working the water station was harder than running in the race itself!

This race was also pretty cool because Meb Keflezighi, 4 time Olympian currently slated to run the marathon at the Olympics in Rio this summer, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, the goal medalist from the first ever women's Olympic marathon in 1984, were there! On Saturday, I got to meet them at the race's Health and Fitness Expo!

Since I have become more involved in running, it has been interesting to learn more about who's who among the elites. It will be exciting to watch the Summer Olympics in Rio this time around, because I'll actually know what's happening during the running events! I joined my high school cross country team the fall after the last summer games in London, and I think the only name I recognized was Usain Bolt, literally one of the fastest men on earth. It's funny because now I'm not even a sprinter!

If only I could run like Meb or Joan! I asked Joan what she has done to stay healthy and well throughout her career, and I think she gave some great advice. She advocates for stretching and balance, which I think makes sense. Hopefully, I will find a way to make those things happen soon so I can get back to being the runner I was before.

In other news, I have fallen back on a recipe that isn't really a recipe to post today! I think it's still worth sharing, because it's simple, fun, and super customize-able! And it has been helpful in getting rid of the 70 zillion jars of differently flavored peanut butters I have accidentally accumulated this year (oops!). And it features my favorite fruit, bananas! As the title of this post says, it's Banana Pudding!

Literally, all you have to do is mash up some banana in a bowl and stir in whatever toppings you would like. I have enjoyed my banana pudding with some peanut butter, but the picture below features cacao nibs. You can really do it up however you'd like! Some other topping ideas include granola, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, and more! It's kind of like making Banana ice cream without waiting for the banana to freeze. And it's much better for you than traditional banana pudding. This little dish would make for a light, quick breakfast, a sweet snack, or a delicious dessert! You might be able to try it with other fruit purees too.

I hope you get creative with this recipe, and let me know what you can come up with!

Banana Pudding!

Serves 1

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

2 bananas

Toppings like: 2 tbsp. nut or seed butter, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, granola, coconut flakes, whole nuts or seeds...

Directions:

  1. Mash your bananas in a bowl
  2. Add you toppings, and stir them in
  3. EAT!
My philosophy on running is, I don’t dwell on it, I do it.
— Joan Benoit Samuelson