During training season, it's extremely important to make sure I'm getting the right kind of foods into my body to use for fuel, both pre- and post-run. I don't like to eat a whole lot before I go out for a run, especially if it's in the 4-8 mile range, but I always have a little something to hold me over; if it's an after work run, I usually opt for a few carrots with hummus, rice cake, or a handful of almonds, and for my long weekend runs, I have a small banana or apple about 30 minutes before I head out the door. I don't really think too much about it. However, an hour long run leaves a whole lot of time to dwell on what I can
THIS. This smoothie. It's amazing. It's thick, naturally sweet, creamy, and ice cold - it's seriously the perfect thing to slurp down after a long run. I sometimes have difficulty eating a full meal within an hour after a run, and I've found smoothies are the perfect cure to helping my body start to re-fuel afterward until I'm comfortable enough to eat a meal.
This smoothie makes me run a little faster on the way home, knowing it's there waiting for me. At only 217 calories, this gem is as guilt-free and healthy as it gets. Plus, it's vegan!
Creamy Vegan Oatmeal Smoothie
1 small banana, preferably frozen in chunks (if not frozen, add an ice cube or two)
1/2 Tbsp natural nut butter (almond and peanut are my favorites!)
1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 Tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp agave (optional - add if you think it needs to be a little sweeter)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy after a workout or as a great breakfast on-the-go!