Registration for the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon opens today at noon EST. 30,000 slots will open up, to be filled with eager, excited, sweat-hungry folks ready to dash through the Washington DC monuments and cityscape later this year – on October 30th, 2011.
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the 5th largest US marathon and 9th in the world. Are you ready to sign up?
But before you grab your registration form and shine up your running shoes, you’ll need to be powered up with some energy. So why not try my Wild Blueberry Kick-Start Smoothie to get your fitness engines roaring…
Why does this smoothie banish the groggies?
Banana is high in potassium and fiber. And the fruit sugar will keep your blood sugar up.
Ginger is spicy, warming and eases a queasy stomach.
Cayenne is stimulating and inspires circulation. A bold dose of cayenne will wake up your taste buds and senses.
Lemon Juice is high in vitamin C and has a vibrant astringent quality.
Wild Blueberries are high in antioxidants and fiber.
Coconut Water Ice Cubes are high in hydrating electrolytes.
“Wild Blueberries deliver a potent antioxidant punch — in fact they have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving, compared with more than 20 other fruits.” -ORAC, USDA
This smoothie is packed with healthy antioxidants and a kick of spiciness to wake you up! Smoothies are provide a nutrient-dense form of hydration! And that dash of cayenne is just the extra kickstart you’ll need to be powered for some heavy duty training! Good luck in the race all you runners out there!..
Wild Blueberry Kick-Start Smoothie
Fresh-pressed juice of: 2 apples, 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, 1 lemon (see note below)
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 medium banana, frozen pref’d
1 tsp. cayenne
4 ice cubes, coconut water ice cubes pref’d
optional: 1 scoop veg-based protein powder
Blend until smooth. Add more ice for a thicker blend.
NOTE: If you do not have a juicer, use store-bought apple cider and squeeze 1 lemon by hand. Add peeled, minced ginger to blender.