Do you get as excited when May finally rolls around as I do?

Although we’ve been getting more daylight for awhile now, it’s still been pretty cold and gray. But May brings promises of sunshine. Being able to go outside and not freeze. Being able to play in the sun. The temperatures here in Vancouver have been hovering at around 13 degrees, (that’s about 55F for my US friends), but tomorrow there’s promise of 22C. 22 degrees celsius! Time to bust out the tank tops and the sunscreen.

I got my first taste of summer this past Sunday when I went for a long bike ride with the boyfriend. It was still a little chilly and the wind was pretty heavy, but there were a few miraculous minutes where I could feel the warm sun on my back. Absolutely divine.

The past couple of months have been crazy-busy and I won’t lie – my energy levels have been taking a hit. I was so grateful to not only wake up on Sunday feeling energetic and ready to tackle my workout, but also to have the sun and my favourite partner in crime to join me for the ride.

Training for my upcoming half-ironman is officially in full-swing, which means weekly long rides are the norm for the next few months. Which is totally fine by me, because I love getting outdoors and exploring my surroundings!

We got out for a 60km ride that included lots of long flat stretches, a few hills, and a mid-ride coffee and muffin break. We were asked to leave our nice warm spot in the sun because apparently, bicycles are dangerous to children and the elderly, but I digress.

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mango-medjool date recovery smoothieBy the time we got home, I was ready for some more fuel. Smoothies are always my ideal post-ride choice because they’re easy to drink while I foam roll and stretch (or take an epsom salt bath). I’ve had to force them back the last few months because the last thing I want after riding in the cold rain is a cold drink, but Sunday’s smoothie was a welcome treat.

I had this beautiful ripe mango on my counter that was just calling my name, so I decided to step away from my usual banana-berry mix and try something new. And so the Mango-Medjool Date Recovery Smoothie was born!

Being a tropical fruit, mangos are higher in sugar than things like apples and berries, which makes them perfect for a post-workout smoothie. They also contain a hefty dose of vitamin C which helps aid immune function, a necessity when you’re putting in long training hours!

But the real star of the smoothie was the medjool dates I added. I’ve talked previously about why dates are such a great addition to an athlete’s diet – their high concentration helps restore potassium that’s lost through sweat (and when you’re riding for three hours, there’s a lot of sweating!). They also contain approximately 18 grams of carbohydrates, which is exactly what your muscles want after a tough workout!

I’ve been loving Natural Delights Medjool Dates on my long rides in place of energy gels, and I had a couple  of pitted dates left in the pocket of my jersey so I threw them right into the blender.

I added a scoop of collagen protein for added recovery, a teaspoon of turmeric and a dash of cracked black pepper to ease inflammation, a handful of ice, and I was left with a delicious treat to enjoy while I hung out in the bath tub.

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Mango-Medjool Date Recovery Smoothie

Mango-Medjool Date Recovery SmoothieMango-Medjool Date Recovery Smoothie

You Will Need:

  • 1 chopped mango
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • Scoop of protein of choice – I used collagen
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Dash of cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dary milk of choice (I used almond milk but coconut milk would be great)
  • Handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend and enjoy!

Easy peasy, right? 😉

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Mango-Medjool Date Recovery SmoothieSince I’m on a date kick right now, I’d love to know – what are your favourte smoothies that incorporate medjool dates? Share them with me below so we can all get some smoothie-spiration!

This conversation was sponsored by Natural Delights Medjool Dates, but as always, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. 

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