In theory, coming home after a run and making a healthy recovery smoothie should be easy, right? Running short on time and not having the right ingredients in the fridge are two reasons why making a smoothie at home isn’t always so simple. A third and more expensive reason is that stopping at the local smoothie bar is quick when you are too hot and too hungry after a run to wait any longer for sustenance.
However, this doesn’t have to be complicated. With just a little bit of planning you can have a refreshing, healthful and affordable post-run treat without spending lots of time cleaning a blender or chopping ingredients.
On a day when you know you have enough time to make a smoothie, make an extra large one. Drink 8-10 ounces of your smoothie immediately, and then pour the remaining mixture into Popsicle molds. Make four popsicles and you just made 5 days worth of recovery fuel!
This cherry-limeade recipe below will make approximately one 8-10-ounce smoothie and four 3-ounce popsicles.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup raw baby spinach
- 8 ounces frozen dark cherries
- ½ banana
- juice of one lime
Blend ingredients until completely smooth. Pour 8-10 ounces in a glass and drink. Divide the remaining portions into four popsicle molds. Place popsicle molds in the freezer overnight.
If you add ½ cup of plain organic greek yogurt to this recipe you’ll get more protein!
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A version of this post first appeared on WomensRunning.com where I blog weekly.