Just because the first race of our season is behind you doesn’t mean the effort comes to a screeching halt, does it? After a few days rest and recovery, you’ll be on the road again and needing to rehydrate and refuel after your run.
As the weather heats up, you’ll need to replace all those electrolytes you sweated out so your metabolism remains in balance. And you will want some protein and calcium to nourish your muscle fibres as they rebuild. You may also want a natural anti-inflammatory to help you with some of those sweet aches in your joints or muscles that remind you that you worked hard out there setting your pace.
Celebrate the accomplishment with an Almond Date Slurpie, swirled with cinnamon. Rich in potassium, fibre, protein and brimming with cinnamaldehyde, a potent phytonutrient to block inflammation, you will understand why this ultra delish runner’s treat is called a Slurpie when you can’t stop slurping it up!
Almond Date Slurpie
4 organic medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
1 frozen banana (or use a regular banana and 3-4 ice cubes)
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice (almond, hemp, soy, coconut)
1 tbsp. almond butter
½ tsp. cinnamon
Drain dates and throw them in a blender with all other ingredients. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Pour and enjoy!
This serving size will give you approximately 300 calories: 5 g protein, 6 g healthy monounsaturated fats, 7 g dietary fibre and 58 g carbs. It is also a great source of Potassium, Vitamin E, Calcium, Manganese and Vitamin B6.
Trish Krause, CNP. Bite out of Life Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching.