Skip Nav
Walking Before-and-After Weight Loss
Weight Loss
You Won't Believe the Workout That Helped Me Drop 75 Pounds in 6 Months
Holiday Fitness
Teas, Essential Oils, Soothing Creams: These Advent Calendars Are All About Self-Care
Keto Caramel Pecan Cookie Recipe
Holiday Fitness
These Caramel Pecan Cookies Taste Just Like Your Favorite Pie — and They're Keto-Friendly
What Exercise Burns the Most Belly Fat?
This Is the Hands-Down Best Workout to Shed Those Extra Pounds
Why Am I Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat?
Weight Loss
Why You're Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat — and What to Do About It

Coffee Smoothie Recipe

Runners, Skip Your Coffee and Grab This Disneyland Chef's Rocket Fuel Smoothie

This past weekend I got to experience my first runDisney race: the Tinker Bell Half Marathon (ie, my dreams came true). Before the half, I attended runDisney's Lunch 'N Learn to get some tips on properly fueling up before a race in a totally gourmet way. Disneyland Resort Executive Chef Chris Faulkner — who just so happens to be an Ironman triathlete and marathon runner himself — created some delicious foods for us to try, including his go-to prerace breakfast smoothie. And . . . it tastes like a chocolate banana cream pie. Seriously, so delicious. You're going to want this every morning.

Chef Chris told us that he alters his diet leading up to a race like Ironman or before a half marathon. "I cut out coffee and caffeine three weeks before a race to cleanse, so when I drink this the day of the race, I get an instant hit. . . . It's like a high." Coffee becomes sort of like rocket fuel when you haven't had it for a while, so this strategy is an excellent idea for a prerace breakfast. Additionally, coffee can also boost your metabolism, so there's another win (and reason to drink up!).

The high magnesium content from the banana and cocoa powder will aid with muscle cramping and could calm your prerace jitters thanks to its anxiety-fighting properties (plus, coffee can deplete magnesium, so it's a good idea to balance it with these ingredients). The almonds will up your protein, fueling your muscles, while the clean, quick-digesting carbohydrates can give you the energy you need without weighing down your digestive tract.

Coffee Coco Shake

From Disneyland Resort Executive Chef Chris Faulkner

Coffee Smoothie Recipe


  1. 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  2. 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  3. 1/2 cup almond milk
  4. 1 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
  5. 3 tablespoons unsalted almonds (roughly 18 to 20 almonds)
  6. 2 teaspoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  7. 1 cup ice


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
From Our Partners
Keto Caramel Pecan Cookie Recipe
Can the Pill Affect Libido?
Personal Essay on Starting New Year's Resolutions Early
Is Loneliness Bad For Your Health?
Trader Joe's Vegan Cocoa Peppermint Creamer
Simple Low-Carb Recipes
Vegan Slow-Cooker Recipes
Wellness Advent Calendars
Best Travel Weighted Blankets
Enlightened Dairy-Free Ice Cream Flavors 2018
Paleo Instant Pot Recipes
Healthy Instant Pot Soups
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds