Key Lime Strides Smoothie

Key Lime Strides SmoothieAs the weather begins to get warmer around the country, a cool, refreshing smoothie sounds better and better! The following smoothie recipe is like Key Lime pie in a glass.

Smoothie Description

As you start sipping on this refreshing smoothie, you may start to imagine yourself taking in the sunshine and warm breeze of the Florida Keys. No problem, savor the moment! Limes, like all citrus fruit, are a great source of vitamin C which supports our immune system. It’s interesting to note that in several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics occurred, the consumption of lime juice during the main meal of the day was found to protect against the contraction of cholera. The healing properties of lemons & limes have also been shown to alter or slow down cell division within the body, including cancer cells. Pucker up and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain or vanilla coconut milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 5.3oz cup So Delicious® Key Lime or plain yogurt alternative
  • Juice squeezed from 1 key lime or regular lime
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1 graham cracker sheet (optional)
  • 2 drops regular or vanilla crème liquid stevia (careful, a little goes a long way)
  • 1 scoop BodyHealth Cool Lime flavor PerfectAminoXP powder (use code HITZ10 for a discount)
  • 2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth

Training Tip

Just like a dash of fresh lime juice can add some punch to a recipe, so can strides add a punch to your running. A stride is simply 15-20 seconds of running at mile to 5k race pace. I recommend inserting strides into one or two of your weekly easy runs, either in the middle or at the end of the run. I personally like to add five 20 second strides toward the end of an easy run while my legs are nice and warmed up. Each stride is followed by 20-30 seconds of easy jogging. Strides help keep our legs sharp and tuned for speed by activating some of the fast twitch muscle fibers. Simply put, strides will add a little zest to your running!

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

Caramel Apple Cool Down Smoothie

Caramel Apple Cool DownIf you’re a fan of caramel apples, this is a smoothie recipe you’ll want to try. This recipe also reminds me of the Caramel Apple Pops that Tootsie Roll makes…but with much healthier ingredients (and no weird chemicals added). Apples are a great source of dietary fiber which helps bind up waste throughout the body. Not only do they contain plenty of antioxidants but Granny Smith apples are slightly higher in potassium than other varieties. By the way, eat the skin (only if organic) also since it contains a high amount of vitamin content.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 organic Granny Smith apple (cut into 4 pieces)

4 soaked and pitted Medjool dates

½ Cup raw  organic baby spinach

1 Tbsp. honey

1 scoop BodyHealth Perfect Greens Formula – apple flavor (use code HITZ10  for 10% off your order)

PerfectGreens is the best-tasting green juice powder on the market with a sweet apple flavor. Each serving contains the daily RDA for fruit & veggies, with the juicing done for you! Give it a try today

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2-3 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth

*Training Tip

Similar to a warm-up, a cool down is essential after a hard workout or race in order to loosen muscles and help rid the body of lactic acid. I generally like to do a solid 1-2 miles of very easy running post-race or workout. A cool down will allow your next run to feel even better!

CocoMint Christmas Cheer Smoothie

Christmas smoothieBaby, it’s cold outside! But smoothies can be enjoyed all year round. Here’s a seasonal smoothie recipe from my book Smoothies For Runners 2.0.

This is a great recipe to bring out during the Christmas season with mint being a constant theme. The fresh peppermint leaves will ensure that this is technically a green smoothie. Peppermint has long been shown to be a remedy for indigestion or an upset stomach. This herb also aids in breathing (a benefit for runners) and can help relieve symptoms of colds related to allergy. Take a deep breath and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla or chocolate coconut milk, depending on your
preference
8 fresh mint leaves
1 frozen ripe banana
1 scoop Garden of Life® Smooth Vanilla Organic Plant Protein
1-2 drops Peppermint oil extract (optional for stronger mint
lovers)

Blend all ingredients until smooth

*Training Tip

For whatever reason (weather perhaps?), many people seem to have the idea that a good time to take it easy with training is around the holidays. In my opinion, this isn’t always smart. Not that you have to train like a maniac during this stretch but it’s a good idea to still stay consistent. Slacking off too much will lead to a loss of heart (cardio fitness) and an increase in weight. We all know it takes a lot longer to gain that precious fitness than it does to lose it. It also takes more effort to lose those stubborn pounds than it does to gain them.

It’s really easy to get out of our routines around the holidays but staying consistent in our exercise habits can help us stay strong mentally and physically. My wife knows how important my daily run is to my overall state of mind and gladly sends me out the door.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good run!

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