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