Green smoothies for runners are not only delicious; they also give us strong feelings and can also be an easy way of getting more vegetables and fruits to nourish the body system. This form of smoothies are easy to prepare and can be made out of just four basic ingredients.
Why You Need Them
Here are a few of the reasons why you should not be able to resist the power of green smoothies nor ignore its ability to improve your vitality for running.
1. Time saver.
Smoothies are very fast to prepare especially green smoothies. Having smoothies in the morning is preferable to tea or coffee if you are a runner. As an endless runner who has come to appreciate the power of green smoothies, I have developed a quicker way of preparing it which in the ends saves time. Cleaning up after preparation of a smoothie is discouraging, but it takes no effort to rinse the blades after a quick blend.
2. Digestible pre and post-run nutrition.
Smoothies are perfect if you don’t have an excellent appetite for any other meals. A green smoothie can be taken in the morning before a run and will also be great after a run to replenish the used up energy. Smoothies for a busy person can be prepared the night before a run. They can also be used to aid digestion which gives for an effortless run, and therefore this should probably be before the run. Green smoothies since they are very healthy can a legal form of performance enhancing for those who take runs. Green smoothies are also perfect as glucose which many runners use when they are exhausted.
3. Smart and simple way to gain five or ten.
The regular intake of smoothies can be an easy way to gain at least five nutrients daily. For a busy person, a glass of smoothie can be a way of having all the needed vitamins in the body. After a run, it is normal to be exhausted and have a craving for carbs and sugar like biscuits or even a slice of cake but a smoothie will be better and healthier and can also be used to complement the already consumed carbs. Having a smoothie instead of quick-fix carbs will give a runner the mind to choose fruits over chocolate or other snacks on other different occasions.
I prefer to drink fruit drinks that are made from fruits that have excellent water contents like melon, apples, cucumber. On days that I take most of my vegetables solo, I add a little slice of Aloe Vera to spice it up, and then I can hit the ground running not before I make sure that I’m fit and well hydrated. For a runner and indeed every athlete, hydration is as important as the oxygen you will need for your races.
Taking water is not enough because it does not contain the other necessary nutrients that power the rigorous routine movement and perseverance of a runner. Trust me; green smoothies do the magic, if you are not drinking them yet, you are missing something.
5. A HOME FOR SEEDS!
The perfect home for green powders (especially moringa) and super food supplements are smoothies. One glass of smoothie is a super pack of pure green energy for the body and the soul. They are a combination of rich and essential nutrients that all runners need and must have. A smoothie without all these can only be described as incomplete.
Apart from the natural nutritional components of green smoothies, they always contain very potent antioxidants that promote health and fitness for an extended period. Over time, you will not only have nourished your body for your race; you would have ended up fortifying your body against cancers and other life threatening effects of modern living.
6. RUNNERS UP!!!
Life is not easy having all runners in the family, but I’ve got it under control. On weekdays I substitute chocolate, chips and small chops for nuts, froyo, and berries. I sleep better knowing that my runners are well fed and taken care of and I am too.
Though I make sure the smoothies are available, I do not allow it to take the fun away from life. I still ensure that we have a well-balanced diet fortified with mineral and vitamin essentials for a healthy runner and a healthy lifestyle.
Essential Ingredients To Add To Your Smoothie
Depending on the ingredients you put together for your smoothies, you can get the best combination for running paradise or you can just mess the whole thing up and not have a good experience. I will try as much as possible to highlight a few of the ingredients that you can put in your blender to make the best of smoothies for runners.
Remember, what you want to make is smoothies, not ice-cream; you need to make sure you do not add too much sugar or sugary fruits. You could end up making yourself too heavy for a run if you put too much sweeteners in your smoothies.
On the other hand however, if the purpose of the smoothie is good nutrition, you can get yourself a good deal of minerals, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. Here are the ingredients I have used over the past couple of years to make smoothies for myself and my family of runners:
Hemp protein powder
Remember, I am not trying to say that you cannot use any other ingredients outside of these. Feel free to try out some other examples and let me know about your result. I will be excited to get a feedback on your experience with my ingredients or any other one you are able to lay your hands on.
Five Healthy Smoothies Which Are Perfect And Indispensable For Runners
Smoothies are very important for runners, whether it’s an early morning treat or for post-run recovery
The task of having a healthy meal with a fill of vitamins, protein, and nutrients often is a tedious process which is quite hard to keep up with. Therefore, with smoothies none of that will be quite necessary, smoothies provide a shortcut to all of that, in one quick-as-you-like drink.
So, here are some smoothies engineered for running specifically:
1 Cup (c) Ice
2 Sliced (s) Oranges
½ Lemon squeezed
I love sunrise sensation because it has this delicious and nutritious combination of vitamins that does wonders with the immune system and fortifies you for the stress and the strains that come with running and athletics generally. It is perfect for most mornings, and you have a very healthy blend of apples, bananas, and oranges together in the same awesomeness cup. Who will not trip for that?
Berry Boost smoothie
This is the ideal smoothie for all those who favor berries above other fruits. About 85% of a single berry fruit is water, while the rest of the fruit is mostly fiber content. Berries are an incredible choice for athletes not because of the high water content, but also because they are filled with the vital vitamins and mineral prime for the full functioning of an athlete.
1 Guava (seeds removed)
1c Almond milk
1tsp peanut butter
This is the perfect drink for post-running intake. The protein punch kick-starts your recovery almost as soon as you take it in, giving you the best chance to get back on your feet and keeps you pounding the pavements for as long as possible. The Guava fruit is unique because it contains the most protein out of all the fruits, plus with the combination almond milk and peanut butter, just know that you’re getting the best and most delicious protein drink.
1c (8oz) Fat-free yogurt
1c Pineapple chunks
Mangoes are great for helping with weight loss, giving you smooth and clear skin, aiding the process of digestion and it tastes good too. A combination with fat-free yogurt provides you with a very healthy dose of calcium with pineapple providing the necessary anti-inflammatory, and this smoothie is go-to for injury-free running.
Despite the fact that Spirulina has a nasty taste to most people, you can’t deny the fact that it still is important for your health but doesn’t worry you won’t be able to taste it around the taste of the other fruits which happen to be quite tasty. The protein from the green algae provides an avenue for the smoothie to also serve as a post-run smoothie making it a multi-functional smoothie. The spinach also contains a lot of nutrients, iron, and vitamins.