Marathon training’s most underrated accessory is the blender. I use mine often while training. It can provide a good solid nutritional meal in minutes. In the summer my daughter and I love going to the farmer’s market in town and find fresh fruits and berries to include in our smoothies. It’s also easy to keep frozen berries in the freezer and whey powder in the pantry for a balanced meal. If I don’t have any on hand, I use a Slimfast or my favorite Odwalla shake and just add ice. As I begin my pre-training quest at trimming down, I stock up on ingredients and dust off my blender…
My favorite smoothie and one I do often for a post-long run or replacement meal:
Berries– (I like blackberries, raspberrries, blueberries and strawberries. Peaches, mango, and kiwi are also good) added to a vanilla fat-free yogurt, a cup of ice, a handful of walnuts, a cup of fat-free milk (or sometimes I use soy milk) and a scoop of whey protein powder, flax seed or wheat germ (all available at Trader Joes).
If I don’t have time…these are great added to ice or just on their own:
Smoothies from Odwalla–I like the protein ones to take on the road before a race (available at WholeFoods markets).
Slim Fast Optima (Rich Chocolate Royal flavor…mmm)–I just noticed the new higher protein version on the shelf (available at Wegmans or Target) add a banana for some an organic kick.
Carnation Instant Breakfast–Vanilla is my favorite. (Sometimes I will give one of these mixed with milk to my son when he has two sports practices in one day). Again add a banana or frozen berries.
Fresh blackberry smoothie today for breakfast – yum.