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Healthy breakfast smoothie for runners

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After a morning run, especially when the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than a fresh, ice-cold smoothie. Unfortunately, many smoothies are laden with extra calories and sugar from the juice or frozen yogurt that is often added. Luckily, there’s a way to make a healthier smoothie with just a few small adjustments.

  • Swap out the sugary juice for some non-dairy milk like almond or rice milk instead. This will give your smoothie a creamy texture and also 30 percent of your daily calcium.
  • Include some greens. This may seem odd but you can easily add at least a cup of greens to your smoothie — I prefer baby spinach or kale — without ever detecting the flavor. By adding in these lovely greens you’ll get plenty of vitamin A, C, E and K, plus an extra serving vegetables that you might otherwise have missed out on.
  • Mix in a tablespoon of chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, or nut butter for some extra protein to fuel your workouts. Your favorite protein powder would also be a great addition here.

By making these simple tweaks, you can revamp your smoothie from a sugary treat into a nutritional superstar. Not too shabby for your first meal of the day.

Berry, pineapple, and spinach smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup almond milk (feel free to substitute whatever type of milk you prefer)
1 tablespoon chia seeds

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until well combine.
  3. Top with extra blueberries.

Note: This recipe calls for frozen berries and pineapple, as these fruits are not quite in season yet, but feel free to sub in fresh fruit if it’s available. If using fresh fruit, be sure to add a couple of ice cubes to your blender for that icy texture.

Written and photos by Walk Jog Run contributor Lisa Horvath. Lisa is a Boston-based certified yoga teacher, runner, and blogger. You can ask her a question in the comments below.

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