It’s worth knowing that eight of the best marathon runners in the world not only come from Ethiopia, but the same village! They’re powered by nature’s live, water-rich foods; so fresh fruit, live yogurt, and green leafy vegetables. At which point, we highly recommend consuming genuine natural carbohydrates in the form of fruits and vegetables in smoothie form.
This baby is the king of juices for pre and post cardio workout. A team at the University of Exeter found that nitrate contained in beetroot leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake – making exercise less tiring. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training. The study’s researcher Professor Andy Jones – an adviser to top UK athlete Paula Radcliffe – said: “These effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training”
- 1 raw medium beetroot
- 1 stick celery
- ¼ medium cucumber
- 1 Golden Delicious apple
- 250ml Dr. Martins’ coconut water
- 1 small handful ice cubes
Juice the beetroot, celery, cucumber and apple. Add to the blender with the coconut water and ice. Blend, pour and enjoy!
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Another beet-packed thick and deliciously good smoothie containing high levels of betacarotene, which helps mop up free radicals in the system, as well as important phytonutrients to feed the body’s cells.
- 2 apples
- (Golden Delicious or Gala)
- ½ raw beetroot
- 2 small carrots
- ¼ unwaxed lemon
- ¼ ripe avocado
- 1 small handful ice
Peel the lemon, making sure you retain as much pith as possible. Yet if you fancy a bit of extra zest, leave the skin on! Juice the apples, beetroot, carrots and lemon by packing the lemon in between the apples. Place the avocado flesh into the blender. Pour in the juice and ice, blend until smooth and enjoy!
This recipe features in the 7-Day Soup ‘n’ Juice Me! Plan. To find out more, please visit:
Recovery time is just as important, and spirulina is a true super food that provides an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals vital for recovery.
- 1 medium banana
- 1 level teaspoon spirulina
- 500 ml raw Almond Milk
- 2 ice cubes
In the blender put the banana, spirulina and ice. Pour in the raw almond milk up to the 500 ml line and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
This recipe features in the Super Juice Me! 28-Day Juice Programme . To find out more, please visit:
Our guide to ‘Running on Juice’ is packed full of information to help alongside your training program to ensure you are in tip top condition on race day. Plus the best part is, it’s completely FREE to download! Simply visit: