Pre-Race Smoothie: Almond Berry Delight

Looking for a quick pre-race smoothie to calm your nerves and provide a punch of protein before your next obstacle course race?  Whether you’ve traveled by car or plane to a race, this breakfast smoothie is easy to make when you’re out of town (assuming you have access to a blender). Hit up the grocery store closest to your lodging and grab the following ingredients:
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (you can buy the small sample packs as opposed to a whole jar!)
  • 1/2 cup oats  (optional)
  • Water (or ice), as necessary
Throw it all into the blender and blend away. The oats will add a little bit of a chewy element, so if you aren’t in the mood for that, just omit them.  Oats do add a great source of fiber though and will help keep you fuller, longer.  If you don’t like almond butter or almond milk, you can sub for your favorite milk product and peanut butter instead.  The nutritious, filling aspect of this tasty pre-race smoothie will remain. This smoothie is rich in fiber (when the oats are included), has lots of calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and over 5 grams of protein. It’s a simple, inexpensive meal to make before you hit the course, making it a practical and tasty breakfast.  It’s also soft enough on the stomach and the ingredients are easily digestable, so as not to cause any issues mid-race. Prefer bananas over berries?  We’ve got you covered with this banana smoothie recipe. You can also search tons of different smoothie recipes here. Do you have a favorite pre-race smoothie?  If not, what’s your go-to breakfast before a race?    

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