5 Smoothies Every Runner Should Try

Take on your pre- or post-run with these delicious smoothie recipes for runners.

Nothing works up an appetite quite like a brisk four-and-a-half mile run. We’re sharing a few of our favorite runner smoothie recipes you can try at home.

THE GREEN MACHINE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder (try sprouted brown rice protein powder or your favorite)
  • 15-20 raw almonds
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1-2 cups frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries)

Add the banana and  milk first, then blend chopped kale. Follow the kale with protein powder, chia seeds and finally spinach. Blend while pouring lemon juice, and continue blending until your ingredients are smooth. Add berries last, and continue to blend until smooth.

 

THE BLUEBERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (any brand or flavor you prefer)
  • A dozen raw almonds
  • ¼ cup almond milk (add a little more for a smoothie that’s not quite as thick)

Simply toss ingredients into a blend and mix until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.

 

THE PEANUT BUTTER-PACKED SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • Several ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (add a little more if you’d like a smoothie that’s thicker in consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips

Simply toss ingredients into a blend and mix until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.

 

THE POWER-OF-POTASSIUM SMOOTHIE 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of skim milk, whole milk or almond milk (whatever works best for you)
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 table spoon of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Simply toss ingredients into a blend and mix until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.

 

THE APPLE-A-DAY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 table spoons pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 table spoons nutmeg
  • A handful of ice cubes

Simply toss ingredients into a blend and mix until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.

 

And Because Sometimes You Need A Little More Than A Smoothie, Here’s Our No-Bake Bonus Recipe: Protein-Packed Powder Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crisp brown rice
  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 cup protein powder, chocolate or vanilla (we prefer ones that are low in sugar)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup raw honey or agave nectar (you can also substitute half-and-half)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Measure all your ingredients into a mixing bowl. Blend with a large spoon or spatula until evenly combined, adding more water if needed. Shape into balls—a melon scoop works well for this step. Place the balls onto a pan covered in wax paper. Refrigerate until cookies have set.