Every few months I reach a plateau with my running and to power through it, I have to figure out what my block is.  Recently, I realized it was my eating habits.  I had to have a sit down with myself and figure out a way to get more veggies and whole foods into my diet.  And I came up with something that wasn’t entirely new or mindblowing: smoothies.

The problem is that the internet is filled with smoothie recipes that are either full of juice (and the added sugar that comes with it) or protein powders that I have to join a club to purchase, so that I can drink something that tastes like cake every day (and the added sugar and chemicals that comes with it).  All I wanted was some veggies masked by the taste of fruits.  And if it wasn’t too much to ask, no added sugar.

I finally found a few recipes that gave me building blocks for the smoothies we make at home now.  They are super easy to put together, I just buy frozen berries, and bulk greens and then wash, measure, and freeze once a week or once a month (depending on if the bulk buy is from Costco or the local grocery store).  When it’s time to make a smoothie, I’ve got everything I need to throw it all in a blender and make a healthy meal.

Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie For Two


  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Cups (tightly packed) Spinach
  • 2 TBS Almond Butter
  • 2 TBS Ground Flax Seed
  • 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 1.5 Cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened


Add all ingredients in order to a blender; pulse until smooth.  Divide evenly into two large glasses.

Calories: 300  |  Sodium: 150  |  Fiber: 10  |  Sugars: 22  |  Protein: 7