Fuel Like an Athlete With a Smoothie You Eat With a Spoon

Source: Under Armour

After recuperating from ankle surgery last year| Under Armour athlete and professional soccer player Kelley O’Hara is now back to training hard| with her eye toward next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. “It’s less than a year away| yet there’s so much time to improve and get that laser focus down|” she says. “You think| ‘In less than 365 days| I could be stepping over the lines onto the field for a World Cup final.’ That’s exciting and keeps me going.”

What else fuels her workouts? A hearty smoothie that helps her get the most out of grueling practice sessions. “I absolutely have to eat before I work out| or I will pass out|” she says. This banana almond milk smoothie is one of Kelley’s favorite breakfasts. “It’s not too heavy| and it’s easy|” she says. It may be light| but this smoothie will fill you up. Packed with flaxseed and cracked oats| it’s got a consistency that’s a little reminiscent of oatmeal. Unlike oatmeal| however| you’ll love that you can eat this smoothie on the go| whether with a straw or a spoon. The best part? The taste. “It’s more like a creamsicle-type thing|” Kelley says. “It’s really good!”

Photo: Leta Shy

Creamsicle Cracked Oats Smoothie

Kelley O’Hara| professional soccer player

Creamsicle Cracked Oats Smoothie

Cracked-Oats Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1 frozen banana1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter1/4 to 1/2 cup almond milk1 tablespoon ground flaxseed1 to 2 tablespoons steel-cut oats (Kelley uses Coach’s Oats)Cinnamon| to taste