A homemade smoothie is a great way to fuel your workout.
When I first started running, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t nourishing myself correctly before my workouts. I often talk about overcoming food negativity both online and off, but I still have several bad food habits I’m working to overcome. One of those negative food habits was not eating in the morning. And the second I started primarily working out in the AM, this became a big deal
It was time to try a smoothie.
Now, it’s not like I’ve never had a smoothie before. I’ve had lots! But I’ve never consumed smoothies regularly. And certainly not as my main breakfast with the intention of fuelling a run. I’ll be honest, while I enjoy my morning smoothies, my stomach still doesn’t love being filled in the early hours. So here are a few tips to keep things bearable if you struggle with putting food in your stomach in the morning:
- The thinner the smoothie the better. If you have a sensitive stomach, thick smoothies in the AM may not be your friend. Add water, a plant-based milk, coconut water or fresh fruit juice to thin out your smoothie.
- Simple ingredients. I keep my breakfast smoothies super simple in the mornings, never more than a couple of ingredients. Smoothies with ingredients like kale, nut butter or dates I save for the afternoon.
- Add a (plant-based!) protein powder to make up for your low ingredient smoothie. I’m a big fan of Vega and have tried almost all of their flavours. I’m currently using their Bodacious Berry Protein Powder which tastes amazing in mixed berry smoothies.
Here are 6 awesome plant-based recipes to enjoy!