Post-Run Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie

After a hard or long workout, my go-to drink is a Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie.  If you’ve every been around me after a run, you’ve probably seen me drinking this post-workout anti-inflammatory smoothie. It’s a delicious and refreshing way to consume a 3:1 carb to protein ratio for refueling.

 

 

Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie

 

When I am heavy into marathon training, or more recently ultra marathon training, I have a lot of early morning runs.  Whether I am driving out to the hills of Barrington to train for Boston, heading to Maple Lake with my trail running crew, or going to an early morning workout class at EDGE, most of the time I will not immediately be home after a workout to cook breakfast.  But I know the importance of having something soon after a workout to help start recovery.  That’s why this Cherry-Beet recovery smoothie is the perfect solution.

 



 

The Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie is designed to be portable, recovery focused, and above all delicious.  If I am spending 4 hours out on the trails, I want the first thing I drink to be tasty and satisfying, yet beneficial for my overall recovery.  They key ingredients are tart cherries, beets, blueberries and turmeric (all to reduce inflammation).  Bananas add carbohydrates and cashews/powder add protein.  After a workout lasting an hour or more, you need a combination of carbohydrates and protein (research says in a 3:1 ratio).  If you workout less than that, you don’t really need something immediately after.

 

Long run meal plan: post-run
Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie in a 3:1 carb to protein ration and a blueberry turmeric recovery muffin!

 

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I like beets.  More like love beets.  A lot.  Why else would I make beet ice cream?  Beets are a superfood for runners.  They have a high level of nitrates which dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen to reach the muscles.  There’s been a lot of research about drinking beets before a workout – they allow athletes to perform harder for longer.

 

Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie

 

But AFTER a long hard workout, beets can still work their magic.  I want to bring fresh blood and fresh oxygen to my muscles to help repair them, reduce inflammation, and prepare myself for the next day’s workout.  Especially when doing back-to-back long runs during ultra marathon training.  That’s why I add beets to my post-run smoothies.

 

Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie at EDGE Athlete Lounge
I love when my nails match my drinks!

 

In addition to beets, this smoothie also contains tart cherries and blueberries.  Both tart cherries and blueberries have properties that help fight inflammation.  After a long run or hard workout, your muscles will naturally be inflamed.  Drinking a smoothie with cherries and berries kick starts your recovery process and gives your body healthy and natural fuel to reduce inflammation.

 

Refueling after a hard workout is critical to allow you to recover and adapt to training.  By recovering properly, you can have more quality runs in the future.  Post-workout recovery smoothies like this one are perfect because they are easy to digest, full of antioxidants and very refreshing.

 

Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie

 

Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie and breakfast
The Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie even pairs well with a tofu scramble and avocado toast!

 

 

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?  If you try this recipe, let me know!  Rate it, leave a comment, take a picture and tag @Rabbitfoodruns on Instagram.  I’ love to see where you enjoy your recovery smoothie! 

 

 

Buen provecho,

Becca

 


 

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Cherry Beet Recovery Smoothie
This cherry-beet recovery smoothie is great for athletes! Tart cherries and berries have been shown to reduce post-workout inflammation. Beet have nitrates to bring more oxygen to the blood. The banana adds carbohydrates and a touch of sweetness. Cashews and protein powder add protein and fat to get a good carbohydrate to protein post-workout ratio.
Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup frozen tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup raw or frozen peeled and chopped red beets *about one medium beet
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 inch knob of fresh turmeric *Or sub 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tbsp raw cashews
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder *Optional
  • 1/2 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup frozen tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup raw or frozen peeled and chopped red beets *about one medium beet
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 inch knob of fresh turmeric *Or sub 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tbsp raw cashews
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder *Optional
  • 1/2 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
Cherry-Beet Recovery Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender plus 1/2 cup of water or almond milk. Blend on high until smooth.
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Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
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Love that nail color! Perfect for fall! I never have ttied a cheery beet smoothie i do like cherries and beets.

San
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Thast sounds like a really interesting combination. Thanks for sharing.

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