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Runner Food: Almond Milk & Green, Fruity Smoothie

By June 9, 2013 8 Comments
Sometimes people ask me if they have to be runners to eat and drink the “Runner Food” recipes.  Heck no, I’m not the discriminating type – I want all of you to eat, drink, and be merry.  But maybe you’ll feel like running after you drink this one…
It’s hard for me to name recipes.  These yum-yum smoothies have so many ingredients, how does one choose?  Shall we focus on the colorful orange carrot?  The sweet and delectable orange?  The healthy fat, green avocado? 

Or the leafty green spinach?  The tart green, frozen grapes or the luscious mixed berries?  

Well.  There is a new ingredient in this smoothie that I’ve never used before:  Almond Milk!  Are you lactose intolerant?  Almond milk is a great alternative. It’s got protein, anti-oxidants and other vitamins and minerals.  Gregor does not like milk or yogurt in his smoothies, but I like the creamy texture it gives.

You know what else I snuck in here?  3 egg whites.  Now, don’t freak out on me.  When I was in high school I reeeeallly wanted to gain weight (I said, don’t freak out) so I would make chocolate milk and stir in an egg.  Yes, stir.  With a fork.  There was no blending in those good ol’ days.  Just gulp, gulp, down it went.  It had such a distinct texture I only have to close my eyes and remember it distinctly…shudder.

Forget the protein – aren’t you worried about salmonella????  Nah.  This fear is largely oversold.  Anyway, I’ve eaten enough cookie dough in my life that I don’t worry in the slightest about getting salmonella.  I should be dead by now.  

So let us move on to the recipe.  Which I decided not to headline with raw Egg Whites.
This purple drink tasted good and it was filled to the brim with protein.  I had so much energy I was ready to run that marathon I keep waffling over!

Whenever I say “filled to the brim” I start laughing because Paige used to say, “filled to the broom!”  

It’s late.  So here you go-

I’m estimating on the serving sizes.  I never measure, I just throw things in and make it taste good.

Almond Milk, Green, Fruit Smoothie
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Frozen Green Grapes
1 Granny Smith Apple, cut
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup Frozen Kale
1/2 Cup Frozen Broccoli
1 Orange
1 Carrot, peeled
3 Egg Whites (optional?)
1 Cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened
1/2 Avocado

Work your magic.  Turn on the Vitamix or whatever sweet blender you may have and let the magic begin.  And I tell you what, drinking these egg whites was a far better breakfast than in 1992.

Also, yes, I make enough to feed a small army.  Adjustments can be made.  I just happen to have a small army jumping up and down, waiting to drink the goodness. 

Enjoy lovies, and happy weekend!

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  • Julia Tomiak says:

    I Did cringe on the egg whites, but you’re right- I’ve had plenty of raw cookie dough I my life too- still doin ok. I’m always looking for new smoothie recipes- we need quick breakfasts before swim practice. And I’m tired of handing out granola bars. Thanks!

    Do you peel the apples? Great idea to use frozen grapes!

  • AmyMak says:

    I do not peel the apples. I throw away the core, but my husband does not – he just tosses it into the Vitamix after he cuts it in quarters. It’s a great way to use fruit that is past it’s prime. I just can’t eat mushy bananas, grapes, or peaches, but if it’s thrown into a smoothie with other frozen yum, it’s great. Although we buy a lot more fruit and veggies b/c of our smoothie obsession, I think we waste less too. Life changer. Really 🙂

  • I drink eggnog by the gallon every Christmas, so I don’t fret over salmonella either. 🙂

    You really do come up with such, er, lively concoctions! haha, actually, your smoothies always do look so pretty and inviting after you blend it all together.

  • annewoodman says:

    This sounds super yummy, Amy! Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. I don’t worry a bit about salmonella either! I think it’s definitely oversold. Ditto on the cookie dough comment! Although I don’t remember ever needing to put on weight. ; )

  • I think the name of every receipe you make contains “yum yum”.

  • AmyMak says:

    Patrick, is that a negative comment?

  • Okay, there is this major smoothie/juice craze going on at my office since a vendor opened up across the street and these crazy concoctions are intriguing me more than ever. You promise it tastes awesome, right?

  • AmyMak says:

    They are crazy AND they are tasty. Some are more tasty than others, but if you’ve got fruit in them, it will be sweet! (at least a little) It’s also interesting how the palate adjusts; it hardly matters what it tastes like anymore, I just gulp. And feel groovy 🙂

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