Sweet Potato Runner’s Recovery Smoothie + a Running Tour of San Francisco

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I am a runner. And I live near the gorgeousness that is the San Francisco Bay area. If you ever come visit, bring your running shoes. And a good pair of lungs.

There’s a beautiful bay-side pedestrian/cycling path that brings you through some of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks — Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, views of Alcatraz, Fort Mason, the Presidio…complete with lots of lush greenery, beaches, and views of the bay with all the yachts, cargo ships, and ferries that populate it. And Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory.

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I love running this route. It’s a real treat, except that getting there require summiting several of San Francisco’s infamous hills, the steepest kind where there’s no sidewalks, just stairs. Oh, and today there were 25 mph head winds that all but render you motionless. Altogether, I think I ran 16 miles, but they were 16 miles that were extra…punishing. I was bonking hard by the end!

What’s a girl to do when she runs out of calories?

Why, she crams as many as she can in a blender, and makes this smoothie of course!

My goal here was to pack as much superfood nutrition as I could in a smoothie. It’s chock full of protein, fiber, low glycemic carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals…it’s got it all. Of course, you don’t have to run 16 miles to enjoy it. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato chunks (I used canned)
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbs chia seed
  • 1 heaping scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • Granola for topping (optional)

Directions

Starting with the greens and ending with the sweet potato and banana, put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Add more milk as needed.

Now to enjoy my runner’s high, wind burn, and sweet potato recovery smoothie topped with granola!

How do you like to refuel after a tough workout?