Smoothie Time « Vegan on the Run | Plant-based Diet Meets Active Lifestyle

Thanks to Vega’s Smoothie Pinnin’ Contest, smoothies have been fresh on my mind lately. Although it has taken me a minute to get unpacked and into a steady smoothie routine, I’m pleased to report my Vitamix is happily living at Andrew’s house and its blades are back in the smoothie business.

First up, Golden Rabbit.

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Yesterday, I revisited several “On the Run” highlights from the first six months of Vegan on the Run. Since at the heart of each and every one of my days is plant-based cuisine, today I’ve decided to revisit the recipes that I’ve shared thus far. And so, I present to you a visual recap of the spread of vegan eats and drinks I’ve included on the blog since its launch date.

Intrigued by any of the dishes below? Simply click on a photo and it will take you to the appropriate blog post—complete with ingredients, directions, health perks and more.

Breakfast

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I know I’ve sounded off quite frequently this summer about surviving the heat, but it’s certainly been a hot one. Thanks to Vega’s Fuel Your Better campaign, despite the heat, I’ve been able to improve my fueling regime this summer, and focus on asking myself a single question: “What’s holding you back from better?” Along with helping me answer this question and motivating me toward better fueling, the Fuel Your Better campaign has turned my liking of Vega products into a love. This summer, the focus of my Vega love has been on a three-part sustain package made up of Vega Sport products that hydrate and provide immediate energy.

Electrolyte Hydrator

I’ve been sipping on Vega Electrolyte Hydrator every single day this summer (running or not) and I don’t plan on stopping this practice. Not only have I welcomed my family on board drinking Hydrator with me, I’ve even been blending up Hydrator-infused smoothies to share.

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I am not what you would call a melon person. Yes, I said it. I hesitate ordering fruit salad as a side item when dining out because I know there is a 90 percent chance that it will be packed with honeydew or cantaloupe that is void of all color and freshness. Maybe some soggy pineapple if I’m lucky. While I’ll never appreciate melons that have become void of all color and taste, I’m slowly but surely growing to develop a liking for fresh melons, starting with one I already enjoy in small doses—watermelon. Although as a kid my watermelon intake was limited to pool parties, I’ve since learned to enjoy watermelon in cocktails and smoothies.

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During the early part of this year, when I first started marathon training, I found myself struggling with proper fueling. Although at that point in time I had just kicked off my perfect oatmeal morning ritual, I had yet to develop a consistent regime for fueling before, during, or after runs.

Sure, I was drinking a reasonable amount of water, but I wasn’t taking any extra measures to replace electrolytes. As things heated up and the marathon rapidly approached, I found myself ending my long runs covered in salt, and feeling dehydrated and spent. Once I reached that point, no amount of water could revive me. Like many, I knew I could and should be fueling better, but I wasn’t taking the necessary strides.

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Tomorrow (Thursday, March 20) marks the first day of spring. It also marks the internationally recognized Meatout Day. Participants from around the world have pledged to eat vegan on this day, in honor of animals, the planet, and individual health. The goal is to share the benefits and joy of a plant-based diet, and promote the widespread availability and expansive selection of alternatives to meat and dairy.

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Whether you are nursing a parade hangover, looking for something to leisurely sip during your Sunday fun day, or perhaps even something that can serve as the perfect recovery drink after logging some weekend miles on foot or bike, these purple and green Mardi Gras inspired smoothies will keep you going strong. If you are in the mood for a subtle burst of berries, Purple-ish ‘Drank’ is light enough to be sipped as a sidekick to your meal, yet nutritionally dense enough to stand alone, or act as a post-workout replenisher. On the other hand, if you are seeking a heavier, energizing boost, Green Powerhouse is packed with greens and peanut butter that will leave you feeling ready to get out there and catch more beads, and maybe even take on the world, or at least the work week ahead. Don’t worry, if you can’t decide between the two, you can always do a little bit of double-fisting. No judgement here.

Purple-ish ‘Drank’

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