Although the world already has enough smoothie recipes, I'll put up my favorite. In fact, a few weeks ago I was contacted by the editor at Run Washington to be part of an Eat to Run....Run to Eat piece in this month's magazine.
I've had to alter my eating a lot over the last few years. Sometimes it was by choice, sometimes by necessity (no dairy for me!). If I want to run fast, I have to eat well, and I have to be conscious about what I put into my body (but there's still plenty of room for improvement!).
Last summer I always had a smoothie after my workout so I could guarantee that I could run later that afternoon (if I had cross country) or feel good to tackle the next day's workout. I would crave smoothies during my track workouts, and they were the only motivation I had to get me though mile repeats in the 80 degree, humid heat.
The color gets me before the taste does. I fall in love with the deep purple every time. The blueberries are what do it. Go blueberry happy and be sure to add as many as you like!
Summer Berry Smoothie
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk (light)
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 scoop Vega Vanilla protein powder
- 4 small frozen strawberries
Optional: Spinach or half an avocado (however they'll turn the smoothie into a brownish-purple rather than the one seen above).
- Place banana and almond milk in blender. If using spinach or avocado, place those in as well. Pulse for a few seconds.
- Add protein powder, then blueberries and pineapple. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until liquefied.
- Finally, add the strawberries and pulse on ice mode for a few seconds before switching to regular mode (these are harder on the blender at this point).
- Pour and enjoy with a straw!*
*Trust me. You want a straw. Otherwise you'll spend the rest of the morning picking blueberry pieces out of your front teeth.