By: Bec Robertson
As a runner, I am either thinking about my next run or the food I want to eat after my next run. It’s pretty simple – running and running fuel. Because I run a lot, I don’t like to eat heavy meals that cause gastrointestinal distress when I run. I want delicious food that digests quickly and doesn’t sit in my stomach. I also need food to be an enjoyable experience so you won’t find me eating protein bars or drinking protein shakes made from powders.
I developed a post run smoothie recipe that digests easily and tastes decadent. It’s made using Bay Road Peanut Butter from Dunedin, New Zealand. Now, I am really fussy about peanut butter. Like, really fussy. I has to be freshly roasted with no salt. Wherever we travel, I search for the best peanut butter that I can find. In New Zealand, Bay Road is the best. Trust me, I try a lot of different peanut butters! It has a creamy, airy texture with a fresh taste. You can tell that the nuts are freshly roasted and ground, straight from the grinder to the jar. And their jars are pretty special as well (see pic)!
Bay Rd is made by the Hastie brothers in Dunedin. They “wanted to create a top-notch local peanut butter, that is healthy, sustainable, and tastes great.” They only use “hi-oleic peanuts, that have a high level of the good monounsaturated fats that regulate cholesterol.” Straight from the roaster, to the grinder and then into the jar – this is the freshest tasting peanut butter you can find. I am very lucky that the guys are making me a custom salt free version of their classic peanut butter!
Here’s my decadent running fuel using Bay Road PB!
Bec’s Bay Road PB Smoothie
2 x tablespoons of no salt smooth peanut butter
1 x tablespoon of raw cacao
1 x tablespoon of blanched slivered almonds
1/4 cup Kombucha
600mls cold water (add more or less as needed, smoothie should be thickshake consistency)
pinch of fresh vanilla seeds
1 x date soaked in water, no pip
2 x frozen peeled bananas (chopped)
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until smooth with no lumps. EAT!!!!!
Find our more about Bay Road Peanut Butter and special batch nut butter.
You can find them at the Otago Farmers Market every Saturday, and in their factory or the ocean on other days.