According 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.
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
2 ice cubes (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth
For more delicious and healthy smoothie recipes, check out my book Smoothies For Runners 2.0