Now that spring is finally here (!!!), I think it’s safe to say that smoothie season is here! I just have to share this beautiful picture of my city that we took this weekend when walking on the trail:
Yes, please come visit… right now. 🙂 Before the summer heat hits.
Anyways, I absolutely love drinking smoothies during this time of year and I was lucky enough to participate in a Q&A with one of Brooks Running’s nutritionists for the Brooks Beasts, Kyle. Kyle had some great advice for smoothies — some of the things that I learned in my conversation with him:
*** Focus on adding antioxidants! These can do great things for you especially if you are consuming them after a workout. These include fruits and veggies, like blueberries, grapes and dark green veggies (spinach, anyone?)
*** Use smoothies for a post-run recovery drink! If you opt to do this, make sure you add some protein to help jump start the recovery process. You can do this in the form of a protein powder or use other sources of protein, like Greek yogurt.
*** Watch your calories! When you have a smoothie, it can be easy to forget how many calories you are taking in because you aren’t actively chewing, so it can be easy to overindulge. Especially if you add some sugary ingredients.
Now, I want to share with you a favorite of mine that requires THREE ingredients (plus ice + one optional ingredient)… the Coconut Banana Smoothie! So easy!
Coconut Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 medium bananas
- 2 tbsp. cookie butter
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Pour coconut milk into blender (I love using my Magic Bullet for this!) and add cookie butter. Cut bananas into smaller chunks and drop into blender. Add ice cubes. Blend until smooth. If you wish, sprinkle cinnamon on top for extra deliciousness. Enjoy!
What do you love about spring?
Do you drink smoothies? Favorite ingredients to use?
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