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It’s Fall Marathon Season – Scott Jurek’s Fall Recovery Smoothie

October 15, 2015
By: So Delicious

In honor of fall marathon season, I’ve been tinkering with a new recipe that incorporates the seasonal harvest. The pumpkin gets all the attention this time of year, but let’s not overlook its cousin the butternut squash.  It has more Vitamin A than a pumpkin, is packed with B vitamins and antioxidants, and is high in fiber and low in calories. Some of my favorite raw desserts include raw butternut squash so I wanted to try it in a post long run smoothie. 


First thing is to make sure you pick a ripe butternut squash. Look for one with a slightly darker orange skin. It should sound like wood when you tap on it. The inside should be bright orange and have a nutty taste. If you happen upon a really bitter butternut squash, it might be better to save that one to roast/cook for dinner and grab a different one!

Ginger and tumeric are great natural anti-inflammatories, so they are a perfect choice for after those long runs and hard workouts.  The combination of carbohydrate and optional protein powder make for an effective glycogen replenishment recovery smoothie.

If you don’t have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, I recommend steaming the squash first until it’s soft. 


Fall Recovery Smoothie

(makes 2 servings)

  • 1/2 C. Raw Butternut squash cubed
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1/2 C. So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk Beverage
  • 1/2 C. So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 inch Piece of Fresh Ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 C. Ice
  • 1 Spoonful of So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip to garnish

(optional: add 1 scoop of your favorite plant based protein powder)

Add all ingredients except the CocoWhip to the blender and mix on high until smooth. Pour into glass and top with one scoop of CocoWhip. You can sprinkle a little cinnamon or top it with granola for a little more crunch. 


I often make my smoothie before I head out for a long run. It’s always best to consume your carbohydrate and protein within 20-30 minutes of finishing your run, so I pack it in a Hydroflask Food Flask and leave it at the trailhead where it’s ready for me when I finish. 


Happy fall training and racing!



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  1. Is there banana is this recipe, or isn’t there?! I’m pretty sure there is at least two chunks of banana hanging out with the ginger root under the pumpkin pie spice, but I can’t find banana listed anywhere!

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