With the upcoming ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships next week and to celebrate the Team USA's dominance this season, we thought we'd share this all-American apple pie smoothie recipe.
Here's the backstory:
It's September, but yesterday felt like mid-summer here in the Hudson Valley. It was hot. It was great for Kona training, but the four bottles of sports drink I brought on our four-hour ride were not enough. I drained three of them in the first two hours. Realizing we were headed for trouble, my training partner and I diverted from our original route and headed for the closest town. Finding a town with a store that’s open isn’t always easy when you are deep into the Catskills. But just as we were starting to get worried, we passed a farm stand offering free samples of freshly pressed apple cider. We filled our bottles. Apple cider may not be a triathlete’s typical hydration method, but I think we’re on to something. We managed to get back on our bikes and finish the ride hard.
I came home and reported my workout — and how apple cider saved it — to my coach (and sister) Rebeccah. A few days later, Rebeccah sent me this smoothie recipe to try. I loved it because it reminds me of apple pie, something I don't have time to bake during heavy training. Try it for an energy boost on a busy day or as an after-school or pre-practice snack for the little ones. –Laurel Wassner
Apple Pie SmoothieServes 1
Blend the following:
1 frozen banana
1 cup apple cider
1/2-inch fresh ginger
1 scoop protein powder (we recommend Osmo Nutrition Honey & Spice or a vanilla flavored protein powder)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
Laurel Wassner is a professional triathlete and last summer became the first cancer survivor to win a professional ultra-distance race with her win at Challenge Atlantic City. Laurel, her twin sister, Rebeccah, and professional food writer, Melissa Lasher, produce the food blog Athlete Food, the go-to source for fueling a multisport lifestyle. For daily inspiration and training tips from Laurel, follow her on Instagram @athletestyle.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.