If eating a big meal before or after a long run isn’t the easiest for your body to handle, smoothies can be a great way to get in those vital nutrients. That’s because smoothies are easier to digest and simple to make.
The following cold brew coffee smoothie recipe has caffeine that can help get you out the door and boost your run performance, plus carbs to keep you going. If you’re drinking it for recovery, the banana and milk have necessary electrolytes to replenish what you lost through sweat and protein from the almond butter. Chia seeds and coffee are also both high in magnesium, another electrolyte lost through sweat that has been linked to better race-day performances and cardiovascular health.
Try this easy to whip up and delicious cold brew coffee smoothie.
Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie
Makes one smoothie.
½ cup dry oatmeal
3 ounces cold brew coffee concentrate
3 ounces milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 cup ice
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a fancy, high-powered blender and are using one that is smaller, start by blending the banana, milk, and dry oatmeal. Once that is blended add the other ingredients and blend until smooth.