Strawberry Strides Smoothie

Strawberry Strides SmoothieAccording to the Runner‟s World glossary of running terms, a stride is a “short, fast, but controlled run of 50 to 150 meters.” For purposes of this smoothie, a stride is a short, fast, but controlled sip of 1-2 seconds followed by pure strawberry ecstasy.

Strawberries are a friend of runners with 141% of our daily vitamin C need. As with other dark colored berries, they have a high antioxidant content which helps fight aging and unnecessary inflammation. Basil has been shown to fight unwanted bacteria growth and, like strawberries, helps decrease inflammation.

Studies have also shown that eating vitamin C-rich fruits can add a significant protective effect against respiratory issues like wheezing associated with asthma.

Remember…short, fast, controlled sips.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
2 leaves of fresh basil
1 squeezed lemon wedge or 1 tsp. lemon juice (adds a nice extra zip)
1 scoop Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based *Strawberry Protein (only available at Sprouts Farmers Markets)
*Buy online on the Sprouts Farmers Markets website
GOL Strawberry2 ice cubes (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth

 

For more delicious and healthy smoothie recipes, check out my book Smoothies For Runners 2.0

 

Pumpkin Pie PR Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie smoothieAs fall approaches and temperatures begin to gradually cool, this smoothie recipe will aid recovery while also helping ring in “pumpkin everything” season.

Smoothie Description

If you’re like me, you don’t really get tired of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving time. With this smoothie, you satisfy that pumpkin pie craving while still getting some great nutrition. Pumpkin (along with most squash) is an excellent source of vitamin A which aids vision, especially in dim light. This is a good thing when going out for that evening trail run. Though bananas are widely touted for their potassium content, pumpkins contain even more of this electrolyte-restoring nutrient! Consider this recipe a nice recovery “dessert” after a run.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 scoop PerfectAmino Power Meal Natural flavor (Use code HITZ10 for a discount)
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
  • 2-3 drops regular or vanilla crème liquid stevia (careful, a little goes a long way)
  • 2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth

Training Tip

Whether you’re training for a PR (personal record) in the 5k or the marathon, it’s a good idea to set your sights on that goal at least 12-18 weeks in advance in order to train adequately. Though you can’t control things like race day weather, you certainly can control your diet and training. As you continue to get faster, PRs will become more difficult to achieve and require attention to detail. Keeping a running log will also help you review what you did for your last PR and give you an idea of what needs to be tweaked in your next training cycle.

*Check out CJ’s book Smoothies for Runners 2.0 on Amazon for more delicious smoothie recipes

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