By now, you all know that I am a smoothie bowl kind of girl. I’m slightly obsessed with them, and rarely a day passes where I don’t have one. Or two.
They’re the perfect solution for breakfast or lunch, make a delightful snack, and of course are a post run refuelling dream. In fact, that’s probably when I rely on them the most.
To be honest, running doesn’t usually leave me ravenously hungry. And I have to confess, that as a result, I’m not always good at refuelling within the half hour time slot you are supposed to to ensure optimal recovery (guilty). In fact, I’m more about the second time slot in the hour or two hours after running. Bad, I know.
And part of the reason is, I just don’t usually feel like food right away. This is especially true after long runs, when I’ve relied on something like my homemade energy gels, or dates to fuel me for several kilometers, and my body is just not in the best state to accept real food. In fact sometimes, the thought of food makes me feel a little nauseous, and I’ve been known to finish a long run or race and not be able to even look at my fuel source again for several days, throwing leftovers straight into the bin!
But it’s after these runs that you need fuel the most. And this was especially true after last weekend’s marathon and in the days following the race. It was a stellar run, involving a new PB, and re-qualifying for Boston, and I think I was just on such a high from it all that I didn’t even think about food.
And while I ate some that day, it was probably nothing like I should have. And two days later, it hit me. I was incredibly fatigued, muscles achy, thirsty as could be, headache, nausea, and just not at my best, and I can’t help but think it was because my body was just completely depleted and not properly restored. Enter the smoothie bowl.
Not food enough that when you’re nauseous it’s too much, but packed with enough nutrients that when you’re race depleted, it’s totally enough. Loaded with superfoods, fruit, veggies and rehydrating coconut water, I know this was exactly what my body needed. And I remind myself of that after every long run!
This smoothie bowl was especially wonderful though, because it featured Just Blends Dragonfruit powder. The lovely Steph from Just Blends sent me this to try, and I was ecstatic. Not only because of the incredible colour and the vibrant beauty it adds to smoothies and smoothie bowls, but because this stuff is an awesome antioxidant boost and is packed with vitamin C.
In the days following a marathon, your body is at an increased risk of sickness due to your compensated immune system (because you just ran so freakin’ far), and boosting it with things like vitamin C rich foods and heaps of antioxidants is the best way to help combat this period of susceptibility. I also added maca for its benefits to the endocrine system and in helping the adrenals recover after the physical stress, and of course coconut water for the electrolytes, and heaps of other health boosting ingredients and superfoods.
The moral of the story is, 1) you need to try Just Blends and start adding this delightful dragonfruit powder to your life (and to your color palette); 2) smoothie bowls and Just Blends dragonfruit powder are great for post-run recovery and boosting your immune system, and 3) refuel within 30 minutes of your run. We’ll work on the last one together . . .