a glass of goodness (for runners)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hi runners! Thanks for stopping by!

Because running means serious business, I've loaded these smoothies up with all the good stuff. Whether you're blending before you hit the road, after, or both.

Before your run



Load up on energy, endurance and hydration with my favourite pre-workout ingredients, which can be blended to create this glass of energy (drink at least two hours before you run):

Coconut Water: A natural alternative to sugary, artificially flavoured and coloured sports drinks because it's packed with potassium (15 times that of a banana) and other electrolytes (12 times more than sports drinks) like magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and sodium, all of which assist in rehydrating the body and maintaining a state of balance.

Chia Seeds: Due to this high fiber content, chia seed absorbs ten times its weight in water, making it an excellent source of hydration. This also means a slower conversion of carbohydrates to sugars, resulting in greater stamina and endurance.

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 banana
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp chia seed

After you run:



I choose ingredients with protein and healthy fats to refuel and build/repair lean muscle found in a glass of protein:

hemp seed: A huge source for healthy, digestible protein (two tablespoons have 24% of your daily requirement). It's a high-quality protein, too, with a balance of all the essential amino acids.

Nut milk/nut butters: Low in calories and offer essential vitamins and minerals, protein and healthy fats.

1/2 cup all-natural nut butter (I prefer almond)
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp hemp seed

Enjoy!

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