Tart Acai Smoothie For Runners

I have an obvious obsession with healthy drinks. Half of my time in the grocery store is spent picking out my new organic on-the-go juices for the week while attempting to make these decisions solely on the ingredients and benefits it will provide without judging a juice by its cover – or really cute bottle. In my spare time I also enjoy concocting combinations that will not only taste great, but will have added benefits for my active lifestyle. See below for the recent success!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen assorted berries
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Tart Cherry Juice

The Benefits

Fruit – The benefits are obvious! The bananas, in particular, are great for runners due to their ability to assist in relaxing your stressed muscles.

Acai Powder – Great source of antioxidants and boosts brain activity!

Hemp Seeds – Protein super-source! Sourcing all 9 essential amino acids to the body.

Last but not least….


Tart Cherry Juice – This is my secret running ingredient. About three years ago my knee swelled so big that I couldn’t even bend it or fit into any of my jeans. It literally felt like it was going to burst. After several tests of an MRI and CT Scan it was determined that I have PVNS – an issue of inflammation in my knee. In short, they have no idea why it occurs, and worse, why it continues to come back once removed. Ever since then a lot of my focus has been on finding specific workouts targeting my muscles to help support my knee as much as I can. Tart Cherry Juice is just one of the ways I have taken this a step further to focus my meal intake onto my knee strength as well. This juice not only helps runners bounce back much faster by aiding in muscle recovery and soreness, it also targets inflammation in the joints. The liquid in the smoothie above can easily be swapped with simple water or almond milk for a healthy change in consistency, but I try to add this juice into my diet and routines whenever and wherever I can.

The Beauty of Bulletproof Coffee

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that fairy tales aren’t real. I drink a potion made from magic beans every day, and it brings me back to life.
-Nanea Hoffman


If you’re anything like me than we would bond over the fact that mornings are rough – at least during the week. On a weekend – sure! – I can wake up and enjoy the slowness of the empty city streets, but not M-F. Despite this, I try as hard as I can to get in my morning workouts routinely so that I either a. don’t have to feel rushed to leave work later on that evening or b. can come home and enjoy some quality time with my hubb. Actually, let me be honest – quality time will my pupp Tucker. As we all know, the first few days of jumping into a morning workout routine can be tough. Once you make it through the actual non-snoozing of your alarm you also have to battle the increased hunger and afternoon energy crash throughout the day. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial – ‘UNTIL NOW!…’.

My hubb introduced Bulletproof coffee to me several times – when he first heard of it, when he made a trip to the store to pick up all of the necessary ingredients, and finally when he detailed the successes he heard noted from coworkers who added this to their daily routine. Living off of Melanie Whelan’s, CEO of Soul Cycle, theory of if you hear of something three times you need to either try it, eat it, or see it – I tried it! First of all, it tastes DELICIOUS. Like a blended, frothy latte made right in your kitchen with nothing more than a standard blender. Secondly, it honestly and truly works. I had increased energy throughout the entire day which lasted well beyond when I returned back home after working hours. It also cut down on my hunger which is normally through the roof by noon after a workout. Placebo effect? Nope. This has proven true on a repetitive basis. Try it for yourself! Just blend together the three main ingredients noted below, add a bit of cinnamon on top or in the mixture, and TADA!

  • 12 oz. brewed coffee
  • Two tablespoons of MCT Oil
  • Two tablespoons of grass-fed butter
  • Cinnamon to taste – and to make it look fancy
  • Cacao Powder optional (not recommended for your first go-around)

Link below for more details!


I know what you’re thinking…butter?! You heard it right! I am endorsing it! Apparently the fat within the butter prolongs the caffeine spikes that coffee gives us. So rather than needing cup number two or three as an afternoon pick-me-up, your first cup will last you far into the working hours of your day. Until this, I had never deliberately used MCT oil for anything – but the benefits are HUGE! Not only does this stimulate brain activity it also reduces the chance of your stomach growling when your meeting turns quiet for a brief moment. We’ve all been there! Best of all, with keeping your coffee intake to one quality cup a day you can spend the rest of the day hydrating from your early morning sweat session!