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Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

YAY… it’s Fit Friday!!

I love to have Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness comes to hang out with us on Fridays!

This week Nichole is sharing Trail Running Tips.  A Healthy Recipe from me + Fitness Tips from Nichole= a healthy, happy, balanced life!

Nichole’s Trail Running Tips…

Ruthie is not the only one that is getting out to enjoy the trails, I am sure a few of you are and even more of you are wishing that you were. I have always loved hiking and in recent years that has morphed into trail running. The trails just have this amazing ability to call to your heart. I have expressed this love to a few of my friends that have responded with saying things like “I wish I dared to trail run,” or “don’t you get nervous?” Today I am here with a few tips to help you enjoy trail running.

1) Know your trails. This means ask around and get to know what great adventures are near by. Research how technical the trails are, many beginners enjoy nice wide groomed trails to start with. Single track trails are generally more technical, some runners love these trails because they bring a different feel to the experience.
2) Go with a buddy. If that just isn’t possible make sure that someone know where you are going. There are definitely some different safety issues to be aware of out on the trails, the trick is to be aware. I often run trail with a phone, I can get service most places I go, and my husband always knows where I will be.
3) This is NOT the same as running on the road. Don’t get frustrated when you can’t run the same paces on the trail as you do the road. And always be aware, those dang roots can really jump out at you. This means be aware and leave your ego at home! I have found that it is better for me to train by time instead of distance when it comes to the trail. This helps to leave some of the pacing frustrations in the car.
4) Equipment to consider; trail shoes are built to withstand the muddy trails, loose gravel, and rough terrain. Fluid is a must out on the trail! Don’t forget your hydration system of choice. For me that is an awesome pack, it leaves my hands open and allows for some extra pockets to carry some fuel and my phone. Gaiters are a great investment to keep dirt out of your shoes. Trekking poles are useful for the steeper terrain. Also things like a hat, sunglasses, etc are all of great use out on the trail.
5) Be courteous! Uphill runners yield to downhill runners, just remember who has more momentum! Yield to bikers, horses, etc. Stay on the trail. Leave no trace.
6) Enjoy! This can go with the idea of leaving your ego behind. If you get out on the trail obsessed with your time or beating someone else you are going to miss out. Part of the greatness of trail is getting lost in the views and enjoying the non-everyday stuff.
I can’t wait to get out on the trail this summer. My pregnant clumsy body has kept me away from it up til now, but not much longer! The trail has been calling my heart!


Ruthie’s Healthy Recipe…

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to wake up in the morning!

It’s made with coconut milk, a little bit of coconut sugar and shredded coconut, and then fresh strawberries to bring it all together.  It tastes so good!

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I’m loving the spring!  The snow has melted around our little cabin and the trails are dried out which means me and my dogs, Jack and Lila, have been out hiking on the trails around our place!  Do you follow my social media?  You can catch all of our outdoor adventures there 🙂

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Strawberries and Coconut are one of my favorite flavor combinations in the spring and summer!  It’s refreshing and bright.  Especially in this Strawberry Coconut Smoothie recipe- you’ll feel like you’re on a beach somewhere while you enjoy it 🙂

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Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie on is a deliciously healthy way to wake up in the morning!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shredded sweetened coconut


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

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Enjoy Strawberry Coconut Smoothie this weekend and then enjoy some time outside and get some fresh spring air!

Happy Friday!

Much Love and Peace~

Nichole and Ruthie

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