Today was my long run day! I am training for a half marathon in Asheville, NC. The race is right before my sister’s wedding at the end of August. I am getting very excited! Both of the events are less than a month away.
My husband and I had one of our good friends over this morning. She is also training for a half marathon and we did a very hilly workout in our neighborhood. After the run I felt like I needed a good cool off and protein boost. This protein shake did the trick. I added a frozen banana and some fresh baby spinach for extra fiber and nutrients for the recovery period. It was delicious!! I cannot wait to go for a run again and make another.
This recipe yields two large shakes: (serving size 2 cups per shake)
Recommended tools for the job: Vitamix, Small rubber spatula.
3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/4 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of caramel extract
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (look for one with about 100 calories per scoop)
1/3 cup of packed fresh baby spinach
1 small frozen banana
1 & 1/2 cups of ice
- Place the first 5 ingredients into the blender. Place the blender on smoothie mode.
- Once the first cycle has elapsed, remove lid and add frozen banana and ice. Secure the lid.
- Place the blender on smoothie mode again this time use the blender wand to move the ice around to create a smooth texture. Continue stirring until the cycle has elapsed.
- Pour the shake into two large mason jars and enjoy. I like to use a spoon to savor the flavor and my hubby enjoys his with a straw.