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