A Boo-tiful Reunion in Massachusetts

Mid-October, our RV trip brought us to Massachusetts, where we visited one of my besties from college and took a quick trip across the water to Martha’s Vineyard.

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Go Bananas! Run For It!

Slipping on a banana peel might be an old time giggle-inspiring occurrence but monkey business aside, bananas are no laughing matter when it comes to your health. From replenishing your energy after a run to reconditioning your hair to delighting your taste buds, these faux berries have mighty powers.

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Banana Recipes

Homemade Banana “Ice cream”

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or BP2 – a dried peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • a touch of almond milk

Mix them up and freeze them. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Darren Brown, RunKNOX

Tropical Harvest Smoothie

  • 1/2 medium banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup tropical frozen fruit (a tropical blend that contains a good mix of frozen pineapple, mango and strawberries)

Optional additions:

  • 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut (healthier to use unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • *Add crushed ice if you prefer it “frostier”
  • *Add extra juice or milk if it’s too thick

Serves 1. It makes a great breakfast or filling snack!

Courtesy of Amy Lambert (coffeescarvesandrunningshoes.com)

Small But Potent – Berries

From golden to ruby red to purple and blue, berries are nothing short of edible art! But their true beauty lies within: these little gems are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, that are good for you, head to toe.

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Berries Recipes

Jana’s Berry Simple Syrup

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of mixed berries

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Add the berries and cook them just enough for the juice to mix in. Remove from the heat. Add to pancakes or waffles.

Jana’s Blackberry Basil Jam

4 cups blackberries (you can do smaller batches but not bigger)
4 cups sugar
handful of fresh basil leaves
1 lemon (juice)

Take the basil and sugar and mix them in a food processor until the basil is all ground up with the sugar. In a large sauce pan, put equal parts of blackberries and basil-sugar mix. Add the juice of a lemon and cook the ingredients together until the mix sheets off a cold spoon. Simmer for 20 minutes. Store in jars.

NOTE: You can make smaller batches but not larger.

Courtesy of Jana Graziano, Clear Springs Farm, TN