This blog post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. The content and opinions expressed here are all mine!
It’s that time of year again where nothing sounds better after a hot run than a cold and creamy smoothie.
Our body will thank us during our next runs/races if we make sure to get in the necessary quality nutrients that will refuel and replenish us right after we finish a workout. A smoothie is my favorite way to get these nutrients!
Here is the recipe that my entire family is loving right now. It is the best because it works perfectly for my post-run meal. And because Almond Breeze is such a great source of calcium and vitamins D&E I feel good about serving it as a nutritious breakfast choice for the kids before school.
My favorite post-run recovery smoothie:
1 cup of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze—> We like to switch it up between Almond Breeze Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas, Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk and Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk (shelf stable or refrigerated)!
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
Large handful of spinach
1 tablespoon almond butter
Add some ice if you want to thicken it up!
1 tablespoon Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla Creamer if you want it extra creamy (it is SO delicious with this)
I usually double or triple the recipe when the kids are drinking this with me! Almond Breeze Almondmilk makes all of my smoothies so creamy… I’ve even made it at night a few times for my dessert too.
I love Almond Breeze Almondmilk because it tastes amazing on its own (if you haven’t tried its unsweetened chocolate then I’m going to need you to do that right now!) or in everything from soups to cereal to any recipe that calls for dairy – it’s an exact 1:1 swap. Almond Breeze isn’t just a simple swap, it also makes an awesome upgrade to whatever you are making.
Brooke and Knox are big fans of helping and making sure that everyone gets an equal amount of turns putting ingredients into the blender.
They might be a tad bit dramatic sometimes but they didn’t get that from me;)
Skye’s body language in the picture below is communicating to me, “Step away from my sippy cup of goodness. This is ALL mine.” We are huge fans of the hint of almond taste in our smoothies that we get from Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
This smoothie with Almond Breeze Almondmilk is the perfect way to recover from a run or starting the kid’s day off on the right note! I’m ready for you Boston!! Knox asked me if we can make a stand and sell this smoothie on the sidewalk in front of our house! So come find us there if you want us to make one for you;)
I have a little more Boston talk before I let you go today!
The other night in bed I was trying to remember everything I could from my previous Boston experience in 2015 that I could use on race day next week! I don’t remember a ton from the race (#rain&wind&freezing) but there are a few things that I remember and will never forget! I would love to have anyone that has run Boston before share their tips in the comments too!
*Be prepared to cry when you cross the finish line. I feel like this is a tip for any big race that means a lot to you though:)
*Run without music! I might bring my AirPods to listen to music for a few miles but overall I won’t be listening to music because I just want to take in all of the people, the history, the sights and the feelings!
*Be prepared to hang out at Athletes’ Village for a while. The majority of races I do are a lot smaller so you are at the starting line for about 30 minutes before you start but with Boston, I felt like we were there for a very long time before it started. Bring everything with you that you think you could need… warm clothes, a running magazine, all of your food, something to sit on if it is wet,
*Read this article to get a mile by mile course guide with everything you need to know about each mile, each aid station and all of the landmarks that you are going to see along the way.
*Watch this course video with awesome tips too:
*Write your name on your bib if you want spectators calling out your name and cheering for you throughout the race. I thought it was really fun to have people cheering for me throughout!
*Go out slow and then go even a little slower! I think one of the reasons I love the St. George Marathon course is because the hard stuff is all out of the way in the first 20 miles and then the last 10k is a slight downhill and you can just cruise. The Boston course includes a lot of downhill in the first half and then in the second half you get some nice hills to climb. If you go too fast in the first half your legs might explode in the second half. I’m going to run this race for fun without a time goal but that still means I need to be very cautious in the beginning to hold back even with all that is going on in the beginning.
*Enjoy tax day when April 15th is normally a very stressful day (for me at least ha)!
*Don’t forget, when you start to hurt—> that is when the race begins. You signed up for this, you worked so hard to be there, you are healthy and able to do this and cheer (literally) for yourself. Self-criticism is not going to take you anywhere but telling yourself that you are doing amazing, that you are strong and you have SO much gas left in the tank will do everything for you. Smile when you hurt and that will help you to hurt a whole lot less.
*Wear your race medal for the entire week after you finish and only take it off to shower and to sleep.
If you are going to be at the Boston Marathon either running or cheering I would LOVE to meet you so please say hi!
Any tips that you can share to help anyone running Boston on Monday?!
Ever cried at the finish line (or along the way of a big race)?
How often do you make/drink smoothies? What are your favorite key ingredients for them?
How quickly after a run/workout do you usually eat/drink something?
-Rewind years ago and I did not eat for hours after a run which ended in injury after injury. Now I make sure to eat/drink something within about 20 minutes of finishing a run or workout.