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Guest Post: Ultramarathon Legend Scott Jurek Shares His Green Power Drink Recipe

Ultramarathon champ and vegan Scott Jurek cooking at home

Ultramarathon champ and vegan Scott Jurek cooking at home

Ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek is well-known for his many running accomplishments. The vegan athlete has won the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run seven years in a row, holds numerous endurance running records, was featured in the bestseller Born to Run and now has the title of author to add to his long list of achievements.

Next month Scott’s book Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness hits bookstores. In it, Scott shares the captivating story of how he became an elite ultramarathon runner and the central role nutrition has played in his running career.

While it takes years of training to run like Scott, it is easy to eat like him. Included in Eat & Run are some of Scott’s favorite recipes. Below Scott shares a super-charged juice recipe from his upcoming book, due in stores next month. To find a local retailer carrying Eat & Run, click here.

Green Power Pre-Workout Drink Recipe by Scott Jurek

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek will be in stores June 5, 2012

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek will be in stores June 5, 2012

A recipe from Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, in stores June 5, 2012.

Hippie Dan first taught me the importance of greens like spirulina and wheatgrass. Spirulina is a green algae said to have been carried into battle by Aztec warriors. Used for centuries as a weight-loss aid and immune-booster, it has lately been studied and shown promising results as a performance enhancer for long-distance runners. Because spirulina is marketed as a dietary supplement rather than a food, the FDA does not regulate its production; buy it only from a health food store and a brand you trust.

Packed with protein (spirulina is a complete protein) and rich in vitamins and minerals, this smoothie is an excellent source of nutrition.

For a little extra carbohydrate boost, replace 1 cup water with 1 cup apple or grape juice.

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 teaspoon miso

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture is completely smooth. Drink 20 to 30 ounces (2½ to 3¾ cups) 15 to 45 minutes before a run. Makes two 20-ounce servings.

For more information on Scott Jurek’s new book Eat & Run, visit

Join us for a Live Twitter Q & A with Scott Jurek

Want to learn more about Scott Jurek’s training and diet? Join Brooks for a live Q & A with Scott on Twitter on May 23, 2012 from 11:00 – 12:00 PM PST. To have your questions answered by the ultra champ, post a message to @Brooksrunning on Twitter using the #AskScott hashtag. 

Do you have a recipe that is perfect for runners? Add a comment below.

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  1. Darren

    I found “Milo” which is geared towards helping release energy from proteins. Found at Oriental Grocery store when searching for Miso.

  2. Patrick Kippes

    What are some trusted sources for s CLEAN spirulina supplement? I’m very interested in trying recipes like this and would appreciate the advice.

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