In the winter the last thing I want to do is go outside. I love running, but I don’t love it enough to brave the ice cold weather. Running while sniffling and teeth chattering is not my idea of a fun time (no matter the health benefits). However I have been loving the weather lately! Yesterday it was a beautiful 70 degrees outside with tons of sunshine to make this wannabe-Floridian happy. So I decided to start my training for the several 5ks I have planned for the summer.
I’m currently using the Couch to 5k Running app, which has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I love that it’s super simple, and does all of the work for you. After my first run though, I know the most important thing I can do is to crawl towards the kitchen and nourish my body.
Here were my criteria for my post-workout smoothie:
- full of protein
- hydrates/rebalances my electrolytes
- speeds up my recovery/reduces the possibility of soreness
- has Vitamin C (I’m getting over a cold)
- full of Omegas
Each ingredient was chosen carefully to fulfill those requirements. For the protein I used my trusty Shaklee protein (seriously, it’s delicious and so good for you!), for the hydration I used water as my liquid base, but also added some of a hydration drink mix to it as well (Performance); for the speedy recovery both the banana and protein help (potassium in the banana makes for reducing of soreness), the Vitamin C can be found in both the strawberries and mango, and finally I get my awesome skin-enhancing omegas from the protein (yup, it has them in there), as well as the chia seeds.
What’s your favorite form of exercise? Are you able to run in the winter?
Post-Workout Smoothie Recipe
1 cup water
1/2 cup mango
1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. performance (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into mason jar, or cup and enjoy!