When I got done with my longish run last weekend, food held absolutely no appeal to me. Even though it wasn’t very long at 6 miles, add in at least 2 miles walking up steep hills in addition to those 6 miles in the heat — yup, I knew I needed to refuel.
Green (or Chocolate) Peppermint Matcha
This actually works as a pre or post run smoothie!
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I used Almond Milk)
- 1 tsp of Matcha
- At least .5C frozen spinach, bonus points for more (you won’t taste the spinach, but if you’re more adventurous, try other greens — I do use kale something, too).
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- .25 tsp peppermint extract or 1 drop peppermint essential oil
- Dash of cinnamon
- Optional: 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate — of course!)
- Optional: whipped cream to top it with (why yes, I did!)
- Optional: cacao nibs or chocolate chips either on top of the whipped cream, or blended with the rest of the ingredients
Put everything in a blender (except the whipped cream, (although it wouldn’t hurt anything!) and enjoy!
Red, White, and Blue Smoothie Bowl
Great for the Fourth of July (or any other hot day)! Want to get your veggies in at breakfast? A smoothie bowl makes it easy! My biggest problem has always been that the smoothie is melting by the time I’ve cleaned the blender.
I suppose I should put it in the freezer while I’m cleaning the blender. Which I tried yesterday. It still starts to melt pretty quickly, but it’s still yummy.
- .5 C frozen blueberries
- .5C cauliflower
- At least .5C frozen spinach, bonus points for more
- .5-.75 milk of choice (I used Almond Milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp (or more, if you like) Almond Butter — or half an avocado, your choice (I used Almond Butter this time)
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Optional: 1 drop lavender essential oil
- Optional: scoop of protein powder
- Optional spices: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger
- .5 C sliced strawberries for topping
- Optional toppings: besides the strawberries, whipped cream, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, chia seeds, coconut flakes, granola
Blend everything up until the sliced strawberries (they’re for topping your smoothie bowl), although if you’re including the optional protein powder, blend that in too. Drizzle a little honey over the strawberries if you like (I do!), top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.
You’ve just had two servings of fruits and two servings of veggies by the time you’ve finished breakfast.
Banana Chocolate Cherry
Do we see a theme here? Chocolate in everything, yes, please! You don’t have to use chocolate. Vanilla will work just fine, or skip the protein powder altogether.
- 1 frozen banana
- .5 C frozen cherries
- .5-.75 C milk of choice
- Chocolate protein powder
- Optional: cacao powder (add a little sweetener if you do add cacao), cacao nibs/chocolate, almond butter
Blend everything together and enjoy!
Nice Cream Sundae
Even Mr. Judy enjoyed this. Although he’s had the occasional smoothie bowl and enjoyed it, too. First make the magic shell:
- .25 C cacao
- .25 C coconut oil
- .25 C honey
Melt the coconut oil. Mix in the cacao & honey — I taste it, you may need more or less honey. Honey loses its health benefits when you heat it, so you shouldn’t bake with it. I would also say this is about 3 – 4 servings.
Now make the Nice Cream:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop protein powder (of course I like chocolate) or 1 Tbsp cacao — if you use cacao, you’ll need to add some sweetener to taste
- Roughly .25 – .5 C milk of choice (yeah, by now you know, I usually use Almond Milk)
Blend everything together. It will mostly likely be like soft serve, so you might want to stick it in the freezer briefly to firm it up. Pour the magic shell over and watch it harden! That’s the magic! Then topped with whatever you like, which in my case was granola, whipped cream, and cacao nibs.
It tastes like a sundae — but it actually makes a great recovery smoothie bowl! I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo when I made these a couple of weeks ago.
I don’t really measure things out; I just kind of eyeball it. If I’m using a smoothie on a day I run, I will usually include a pinch of sea salt, too. I’m a salty runner, so I need to get that salt back in after my run.
You can get as creative as you feel like with smoothies, and they’re the perfect way to start yourself off to recovery after a hot summer run. I use Doterra essential oils.
What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?
Do you enjoy making your own smoothies or do you buy them?
Which one of these smoothies sounds good to you?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.