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Pumped with Potassium

~Sunday, February 10, 2013

The LA Marathon Expo: A runner’s smorgasbord—vendors selling  non-chaffing creams (for those extra-sensitive spotsyeah, believe it!), compression socks to keep the swelling down, sport gels and bars in every flavor to avoid “bonking” (too hard to explain), extra-wicking running apparel for moisture and odor control, (you do not want to get stuck in an elevator with a group of athletes who just ran a marathon!), and lastly, but not surprisingly, ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes speaking at the Expo telling everyone to “celebrate the pain.” (I know that one’s hard to swallow—like the chocolate flavored GU at mile 20—but you do feel pretty invincible after running 26 miles.)  But wait… what’s this vendor sampling—coconut water?—hmmmm…..super hydrating, more potassium than a banana, low on carbs, and five essential electrolytes!  I always know when 24,000 people at an Expo learn of a new product for better performance another health craze is on the rise.

Hence, for those of you looking for a different sports drink, or simply a great way to hydrate, pack potassium, and energize your day, drinking coconut water on its own or added to your morning smoothie is a great alternate choice.  My husband has been making this power-packed blend for the past two weeks:

Ingredients (Serves 6)

2 ripe bananas, peeled and halved
1½ cups frozen peaches
1½ cups frozen antioxidant blend (cherries, blueberries, red raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate arils)
3 heaping tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon chai seeds
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled
                                               2 cups coconut water

Place all the ingredients into the Vitamix, set machine on low (Variable 3), slowly increasing to a higher setting (Variable 10), then to HIGH.  Blend on HIGH for approximately 1 minute.  Serve immediately.