Monday, April 27, 2009

Smooth Operator

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My nutritionist would be proud. I made a smoothie. I like smoothies, especially after hard runs or races, they are a great way to get in calories without taking much digestive effort or space. My nutritionist recommended that I start drinking a smoothie in the morning before my first run in an attempt to increase my calories. And for me, breakfast is so limited by not being able to do gluten, eggs or dairy that smoothies provide an opportunity for creativity and a variety of flavor profiles. Also, what is easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a blender and flipping the switch. Voila, deliciousness and nutrition-ness. Ok, so I just made up another word but thats ok. In fact it usually takes me longer to clean my blender than it does to actually make the smoothie. I tend to keep a bunch of bananas on hand and keep my freezer stocked with 3lb bags of various frozen organic berries and fruit, which makes it even easier.  Whether you need a quick meal on the go (what is easier to transport and eat on the move than a beverage!) or a quick and amazing recovery drink, smoothies are the way to go. There are endless possibilities! I am keen on designing a peanut butter chocolate smoothie (chocolate almond milk!) as well as a mocha smoothie. Most smoothies (even a peanut butter chocolate smoothie) are about 250-300 calories, are packed with antioxidants and teeming with nutritional value.


Acai berry peach smoothie


Ingredients:




  • 1 small banana

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1/2 frozen packet acai berry juice

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of Berry Greens or other powdered greens

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches


Directions:

Blend and enjoy. If it is too thick, thin with more almond milk or water!

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