I can’t help it. I love a smoothie and I’m obsessed with making new and innovative ones. I ran long again and really wanted a protein pick-me-up and I wanted coffee —so why not do a combo. I really enjoy good coffee but I’m a pleasure coffee drinker not a regular one. I do use caffeine in races in gel form, although I’m not one to have a cup of Joe right before race time for fear it will cause me some digestive distress. I do however, often make myself a cappuccino Ultragen drink as a liquid calorie breakfast before a race. With 2 scoops, I can get 300 calories and its extremely gentle and palatable on my system.
For this smoothie, I was going for full caffeine effective and though the Starbucks Via would be a good measurement.
1 scoop Ultragen (150 calories)
1 Via packet (although 1 tablespoon of coffee would probably be fine too)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup rice milk
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
I have to tell you that the whole mixture ended up tasting like a delicious coffee milkshake. My grandma loved coffee ice cream and so tasting it really brought back some wonderful memories. My husband is not so keen on the goat yogurt because it’s a bit sour, although I enjoy that flavor. I think a plain or vanilla yogurt might go very nicely instead. Needless to say, with a monster run, a coffee smoothie and a little swim, I started the day off fantastically. I hope you enjoy!