Run Ruiner Smoothie!

As if the hot weather wasn’t enough of a challenge today, I got the bright idea of drinking a green smoothie an hour before my run in the heat. Not the smartest idea. Here’s my recipe for what I decided to call the “Run Ruiner Smoothie”, adapted from a Cuisinart recipe book. For best (worst) results, drink an hour or less before run. Serves 2-3 hungry runners.

  • 1 cup cold water
  • a few ice cubes (added chill on hot day)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 apple (I use gala usually, but doesn’t matter)
  • a splash of flax oil
  • 6-8 cups of loosely packed greens (I used spinach, kale, swiss chard and some beet greens)

Blend first 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Gradually add in greens and blend for about another minute until really smooth. Drink the deliciousness. Have horrible stomach pains entire run.

green smoothie

The Run Ruiner

Thankfully, I decided to just do an easy run because of the heat so I could power through the stomach problems. I had to laugh at myself for making such a silly food choice pre-run though.

Also, I’d like to add that this smoothie is actually quite tasty. I would never believe it by looking at the picture, but the banana flavor really over-powers the greens. It’s super nutritious so I recommend you try it – AFTER YOU RUN!

What crazy food choices have you made before a run that you regretted later? What were the consequences?

7 thoughts on “Run Ruiner Smoothie!

  1. LOL. Sounds super yummy but there is no way I could drink that before a run. Smoothies are too thick :) I always regret eating before a run. I will be starving but I know mile 3 I will regret anything heavier than a gel.

  2. This looks delicious but I have a hard enough time staying out of the honey bucks on a good day :))) I think I’ll try it after a run!!!!

  3. Hi Jen!
    Beet greens will clean you out. They cause a very quick detox that can ruin your day. I had a coworker give me a beautiful bunch of beets with greens attached. I planned on addting the greens to my juice that day. Luckily I Googled “beet greens” and “juicer” before I made the mistake of adding them to pre-evening-run juice. Sorry you learned the hard way! :-(

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