My handsome husband David ran his first 5K after a long time knee problem . I’m so proud of him, he’s been working really hard to overcome chondromalacia and was not able to run for many years.
I wanted him to feel strong for the run so I made a very good smoothie with enough calories to keep him going. This is not a large smoothie, remember that working out with a full stomach is a bad idea.
I love young Thai coconuts, I use one every day for my smoothies, you can get away with just using water but Young Thai coconuts are very beificial in a pre-workout smoothie. Coconut water is full of electrolytes it’s nature’s sports drink and a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B6. Its high in antioxidants, great for digestion, metabolism and it’s also a great source of calcium and iron not to mention its detoxification and hydration benifits. The meat in the shell is amazingly nutritious, rich in medium-chain triglycerides called lauric acid, coconut metabolizes so fast that the fat is more readily burned off for energy rather than sticking around as belly fat, a full coconut is only 140 calories. I did add banana that is rich in potassium which is great for energy. Bananas are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, dietary fiber and magnesium. Romaine lettuce is also beneficial for its high protein content.
And don’t forget that it is essential to have water with you when working out because hydration is key for good performance.
- 1 Young Thai coconut (Water and meat)
- 1 banana
- 1 head Romain lettuce
- 1/2 C. water
- Blend all ingredients till smooth
- Drink it slowly about half hour before working out.
This smoothie is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
Strongly anti-inflammatory (941) with a low glycemic load (17)