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July 16, 2014

Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie

Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie // The Speckled Palate

Blanket statement: Running in the summertime in Texas is challenging.

Rephrase: Running in the summertime in Texas makes me want to pass out.

Real talk: I generally avoid running in the summertime here, but I can’t not run this summer.

Why, you ask?

I’m running three legs of a big relay race in September. It’s with the same group of folks I ran with last spring from L.A. to San Diego. And this year, we’re running from San Francisco to Napa Valley. It’s going to be gorgeous, and I am so excited. But to run this race? I’ve gotta train, and according to my coach, I should train up to 15 miles to complete my three legs with ease. Which means I’m fully intending on a half marathon in August, aptly named The Hottest Half. (YOLO?) And then 15 miles the week after.

I started getting back into my training routine a few weeks back, joining two of my friends on an evening social run with a local running club… and about halfway through, after we’d already detoured off the street a few times to be lightly sprayed by sprinklers, we began discussing our favorite smoothies.

For the rest of the run, we discussed smoothies. Our favorite fruits. What vegetables we liked to add. Where we liked to purchase them. What we liked to do when we made them at home.

And I got hungry. (Surprise, said NO ONE ever.)

Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie // The Speckled Palate

So when I arrived home, I whipped up a sweet smoothie that I’m calling the Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie. It requires two ingredients and is kind of embarrassing to call a recipe, but it’s absolutely delicious and oh-so-chilly that you might get brainfreeze. (I did when I made my first one!)

Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie // The Speckled Palate

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie

Course Breakfast (or Post-Run Treat!)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Erin @ The Speckled Palate


  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)


  1. Measure the ingredients into your blender.
  2. Blend the strawberries and OJ into a consistency of your liking.
  3. Enjoy immediately!

What kind of foods do you crave when you’re running?


  1. Katherine

    Sounds like you have a lot of exciting running events on your schedule this fall. Looking forward to hearing updates! The smoothie looks delicious, and thanks for the reminder that something doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. I find myself getting too caught up in adding the right ingredients to make a smoothie/protein shake creamy or more strongly flavored or whatever, so this seems really refreshing in a variety of ways.

  2. Eileen

    This smoothie sounds so delicious! You have to love the simplicity of just fruit. 🙂 I am just barely a beginning runner (hello, 13-minute mile in junior high school gym), but I definitely sympathize with the difficulty of running in the heat!

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    yum.. i could definitely kick back poolside with a glass of this smoothie right about now! (shame its winter).. looks so delicious!

  4. Sonya

    This is a really easy recipe to make. Stopping by from the Fresh Friday link up.

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