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How to Prepare For A Marathon: 3 Nutrient Packed Smoothie RecipesAs thousands of eager runners get ready to tackle one of the toughest endurance events in the sporting calendar, people all over the country are gearing up for Saturday’s London Marathon. Aside from months of intense training, getting your nutrition right in the final few days can be a big factor in preparing yourself for the big event, helping to prevent injury, maintain muscle, boost your immunity and help you run faster. One of the best (and easiest) ways to give yourself a nutrition boost pre-run is to add a few delicious smoothies into your diet in the final few days. So before you lace up your running shoes and get ready to head to the capital this weekend, we’ve got some top smoothie making tips to help you on your way to marathon glory.
Get the Green LightIncorporating key green vegetables and fruits into your smoothies over the final few days of training is a great way to get your body ready for a marathon. Spinach is particularly beneficial as the nitric oxide it contains can help to reduce the amount of oxygen required to power muscles, making your run much easier while protecting your muscles from injury. Try this Green Smoothie, packed with plenty of muscle building spinach as well as hydrating coconut water and avocado which has been proven to improve lung volume and oxygen flow! For this recipe, we recommend the Tower ProBlend. It's great for those with busy lifestyles thanks to the powerful blending action and handy travel cups!
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 cup of coconut water
- ½ avocado
- Generous handful of spinach
- Add all ingredients to your Tower ProBlend and blend for 1 minute or until you have a smooth consistency.
- Pour into one of the handy travel cups and enjoy on your way to training!
An Apple a DayAs the old saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but did you know that the quercetin found in the tasty fruit can help to improve lung capacity as well as protecting your body from the effects of pollution- perfect when you’re pounding the pavement of a busy city! Get your apple fix with a protein packed Apple Pie Protein Shake, with added almond milk perfect for repairing sore muscles in the run up to the race. For this recipe, we recommend using the Tower Ultra Xtreme Pro, powerful blending action and patented stainless steel blades mean that it's great for blending tougher ingredients, pulverising stems and seeds to keep even more of the goodness in!
- 1 apple
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients into the Tower Ultra Xtreme Pro and pulse blend on high until ingredients are combined and you have a smooth, drinkable consistency.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Go Bananas!Want a natural energy boost for your final few training sessions? Grab yourself some bananas! Containing no less than three natural sugars, this humble yellow fruit provides instant and substantial amounts of energy, which explains why they’re a favourite with athletes the world over! It’s been proven that with just 2 bananas, you can get enough energy to power your body through a tough 90 minute workout, so they’re the perfect ingredient for an energy boosting drink! Try this simple but delicious Banana Smoothie before your next run! For this recipe, we recommend using the Tower Xtreme Pro. Powerful blending action makes quick work of tough ingredients like ice and a selection of handy travel cups makes it simple to take your smoothie with you on the go!
- 1 banana (peeled and sliced)
- ½ pint whole milk
- 1 handful of ice
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- Add the banana, milk and ice into the Tower Xtreme Pro and blend on high until combined and smooth.
- Add honey to taste and pulse to combine.
- Dispense into one of the handy travel cups, perfect for enjoying on the way to the gym!