I’m 25 days away from the Big Sur Marathon and my long runs are in full swing. I ran 16 miles yesterday and while it felt amazing, I knew that my body would be craving the calories, sugars, salts, proteins and carbs it would need to refuel. So I whipped together an easy and satisfying shake with an Australian twist.

By the way, the day was beautiful which probably helped to make the run feel so good.

running-meadow-picnic

I started with 4 simple ingredients. Almond milk, peanut butter, banana and Milo.

shake-ingredients

So what is Milo? It’s an Australian chocolate drink that has added vitamins and protein. I can only find it in Australia so hence the extremely large container we brought back from our recent trip there. A good substitute for this is a simple chocolate drink mix like Ovaltine.

The measurements:

  • 8oz Almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Milo (can substitute Ovaltine)
  • Couple handfuls of ice

Place all the ingredients in the blender and wa la! A yummy post long run tasty treat.

I was so excited to drink it that I took a big sip before I was able to snap a picture.

shake-in-a-glass

This is a pretty nutrient dense drink aka higher in calories so I would not drink this on a day where I didn’t do a big workout.

As to my long run yesterday, I really enjoyed the scenery.

view-from-meadow-picnic

This is one of my all time favorite paths which crosses water on both sides.

meadow-picnic-bridge

I ran past a friend’s house who was so nice to put out water for me to drink along with an inspirational note. Thanks Patti!

note-from-patti