Tara Gidus

runDisney Training: Refuel with a Wild Berry Power Smoothie Bowl

Have you experienced a smoothie in a bowl? Smoothies that are spoonable (is that even a word?) are like eating a bowl of ice cream that you can feel good about. Frozen deliciousness is just what I crave right after a training run, so whipping up a smoothie satisfies that hankering. This Wild Berry Power Smoothie Bowl is so satisfying, tangy and comforting—and you'd never guess it has kale greens in the mix.

The mixed berries and kale are antioxidant rich to help with post-exercise muscle soreness. Athletes should incorporate at least 5-10 fruits and vegetables per day to get enough power-packed antioxidants for optimal recovery—and this smoothie bowl gives you 2 full servings!

You may be wondering why I blended kefir (fermented milk) instead of plain old milk into this smoothie bowl. Well, it's a bit thicker, to make this smoothie that much more spoonable, and it has the same great protein and calcium as milk, but it's also loaded with probiotics, which help to strengthen the body's immune system.

As it says in the title, this smoothie bowl is filled with power, so I added that extra punch of ground flaxseeds to provide omega 3s, a potent inflammation fighter!

Now get blending and grab a spoon to enjoy the training recovery benefits of this Wild Berry Power Smoothie Bowl!

Wild Berry Power Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup plain low fat kefir
½ banana
½ cup packed baby kale
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Sprinkle with granola for topping, if desired

1. Place berries, kefir, banana, kale and flaxseed in blender, and process until smooth. Smoothie will be thick.
2. Pour into bowl and top with granola. Serve with a spoon.

NUTRITON FACTS {per recipe} 235 calories, 6g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 452mg potassium, 42g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 26g sugar, 9g protein, 71% vitamin A, 95% vitamin C, 22% calcium, 9% iron

Have you tried a smoothie bowl? Show us your smoothie bowls on Twitter tagging @runDisney and @DietDivaTara! For more nutrition tips for your runDisney training, click here.

Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus Collingwood is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.