As weather begins to get warmer around the country, a cool, refreshing smoothie sounds better and better! The following smoothie recipe is like Key Lime pie in a glass.
As you start sipping on this refreshing smoothie, you may start imagining yourself taking in the sunshine and warm breeze of the Florida Keys. No problem, savor the moment! Limes, like all citrus fruit, are a great source of vitamin C which supports our immune system. It’s interesting to note that in several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics occurred, the consumption of lime juice during the main meal of the day was found to protect against the contraction of cholera. The healing properties of lemons & limes have also been shown to alter or slow down cell division within the body, including cancer cells. Pucker up and enjoy!
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Just like a dash of fresh lime juice can add some punch to a recipe, so can strides add a punch to your running. A stride is simply 15-20 seconds of running at mile to 5k race pace. I recommend inserting strides into one or two of your weekly easy runs, either in the middle or at the end of the run. I personally like to add five 20 second strides toward the end of an easy run while my legs are nice and warmed up. Each stride is followed by 20-30 seconds of easy jogging. Strides help keep our legs sharp and tuned for speed by activating some of the fast twitch muscle fibers. Simply put, strides will add a little zest to your running!
Check out CJ’s book Smoothies for Runners 2.0 on Amazon for more delicious smoothie recipes
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Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.