As some of you may know I have been training for the marathon and with that comes a lot of long grueling runs that manage to suck all the energy you have. It is obviously important to eat healthy nutrient dense foods normally, so now that I am expending more energy than usual on a daily basis I have to make sure I am refueling my body with the right nutrients to help me perform to my best ability.
As of today I am in my sixth week of training and enjoyed an 8 m pace run. If any fellow runners out there have any advice, I would love to hear it because I am about to say something that may blow your mind. As I have mentioned, I am an avid runner and have consistently kept my milage and pace up. I typically slit at 7:30 to 8:40, it varies depending upon many factors: distance that day, time of day, pre-workout meal, weather, ect. Anyhow, I began to follow my training plan the first 2 weeks, stopped the 3rd,4th, and 5th (continuing to run and cross train, just not on a marathon training plan), and I just started the schedule again this week. I am getting nervous about being ready since this is my first marathon ever and hope I have enough time because some people train for these things for years! I have exacting 12.5 weeks… this is the time when I say “What the hell am I going to do, I hope I don’t die!”. Well I am staying strict to my regime from here on out and fueling my body with healthy nutritious foods.
I enjoyed a tasty post run smoothie made with organic raw protein, fresh ginger, tart cherry juice, strawberries, bananas, and coconut milk. I like to use all organic products, vegan friendly ingredients, and eat raw as much as possible. I will always be the first to tell you I am not vegan, I am not fully raw, or any other food labels out there. I tend to eat certain ways, but I eat meat every so often and I love dairy, dairy just doesn’t love me so much, that is why I try to limit our contact. I advocate eating real whole foods and will be happy to teach more about my personal preferences for any one who wants to know more.
For this smoothie in particular, I used fresh ginger and tart cherry juice because they function as natural pain relievers. These foods have anti-inflammatory properties that minimize muscle soreness and discomfort one may feel after physical activity or a long run. Tart cherries contain phenolics, the plant compound with the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. In addition to relieving muscle pain, it can help with arthritis and sleep disorders.
When it comes to pre and post workout drinks and when should you consume protein the answer is grey. It all really depends, depends on when you ate your meal prior before your workout, depends on what you ate, depends of the type of exercise you will be doing, ect, ect. I will get into that in later post or feel free to contact my via email with any questions. I just want to get to the recipe part for you guys since I have rambled on long enough.
Berry-Cherry Protein Delight
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup Tart cherries or tart cherry juice
- 1/4 cup strawberries, frozen
- 1/4 cup strawberries, fresh
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 scoop protein powder, raw vanilla
- 1 cup coconut milk
1. Add all ingredients together and blend. I used the magic bullet, any blender will work. (Tip: add the protein powder last, it makes it easier to blend well into a smooth uniform mixture, if it is added as one of the first ingredients the powder tends to clump up and get stuck at the bottom of the cup.)
I used Raw Vanilla Protein Powder. It is an organic protein formula made with sprouted brown rice proteins containing no added filler, artificial flavors, or synthetic nutrients. You can top with any superfood or fresh fruit of your choice. I used cinnamon, desiccated unsweeted coconut, and organic raw cacao nibs to boost the smoothies already high antioxidant level and add a rich chocolate taste. I do not promote usage of specific brands, I am only stating what I have used for my own personal use.
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Per serving: Calories: 372; Total Fat: 9.7 g (Saturated Fat: 5 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 54.1 mg; Potassium: 514.1 mg; Total Carbs: 61 g; Dietary Fiber: 8.8 g; Protein: 19.6 g; Calcium: 50.3%.