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Rich Roll

Rich Roll

3:55 PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017   •   Edited

Do you even smoothie, bro?

Hey Strava I'm super stoked to be one of the athletes chosen to play around with the new posting functions here!

For those new to me, I'm a 50-yr old vegan ultra endurance athlete currently training for Ötillö swimrun world championships in Sweden in September. I haven't raced since 2011 so getting back into serious training has been interesting to say the least. I also wrote a couple books, host a podcast, blah blah, whatevs.

As a vegan athlete I get a lot of nutrition questions. Let's leave the protein question aside for now. Next in popularity is something like "what do you eat before training? What do you eat after?"

Personally I find these questions super boring. Right up there with watts talk. And no matter how many times I answer it, I get it again. But that's what everyone wants to talk about, so let's get into it a bit.

My go to thing in the morning to get me going is a solid super nutrient dense smoothie.

I'm a huge fan of making smoothies. I love my Vitamix for this. You don't need a Vitamix, but the more high powered the blender the better. Your crappy Kitchen Aid thing ain't gonna cut it. From there my recipes vary wildly, but generally pivot on a theme - tons of organic veggies and fruits, always starting with dark leafy greens. Here's what I made today before my run (which actually didn't go that well so what do I know anyway, right?)

3 leaves dinosaur kale
1 beet + beet greens
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chlorella
1 scoop organic plant based protein (I like 22 Days brand because it's great and Marco is my friend)
1/2 cup blackberries
1 banana
1 scoop acai powder
Ice + water to desired consistency

Blend.
Drink.
Be Awesome.

✌??- Rich

PS - lots more on my site & podcast >> richroll.com