The Green Smoothie craze began a few years ago as a way for those looking to drop weight or gain energy because you are starting the day with multiple servings of fruits and veggies. Since then, I have come to appreciate the power of a smoothie to improve my recovery time and my overall well being. A few small additions can take your smoothie from good to great for recovery!
As Brendan Braizer, Ironman and author of Thrive, says “80% of recovery is nutrition”. Give your body some great fuel with a post workout green smoothie. The following add-ins will give you an added edge.
First let’s get past the fact that I recommend adding broccoli. Most green smoothie drinkers have been able to overcome the green caused by spinach or kale, but broccoli gives them pause. I promise fresh, NOT steamed, broccoli has no taste and with a good blender simply becomes part of the liquid gold.
Broccoli isn’t the only special thing about this tasty recovery smoothie. These added ingredients are important because your body is able to immediately absorb the nutrient since no digestion is required, thus speeding recovery.
Maca: This nutty tasting powder helps the body to overcome adrenal stress caused by workouts or life by balancing the endocrine system.
Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s been long touted as a home remedy to aid in digestion, among many other things
Pineapple: Add some frozen chunks to cool your smoothie and get an extra dose of Vitamin C to fight of those winter colds, Manganese for bone building and most importantly anti-inflammatory effects.
Glutamine: Found in the Vega Sport Recovery powder, Glutamine is not only good for digestive issues, but helps with protein synthesis which ensures that you start recovering right away and your body doesn’t begin to use your muscles for fuel.
Coconut Oil: Many folks started to shy away from fat in the 80’s, but thanks to new research we know that fat doesn’t make you fat. TOO much sugar, carbs and processed crap makes you fat. Adding coconut oil to your smoothie will actually help you burn fat and that’s just one of the many benefits!
Ground Flax – Did you know the omega 3’s in ground flax are more easily absorbed than from the fish oil pill you might be taking? Not only that but the added fiber will fill you up and keep your gut happy.
For more tips and tricks, check out this green smoothie guide.
Here is a Recovery Smoothie Recipe to get you started
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 scoop Vega Vanilla protein powder or other pea based protein
1 tbsp maca
1 cup kale
2 broccoli florets
¼ cup pineapple (frozen )Optional: 2 baby carrots, 1 cup ice
Blend well, drink cold, enjoy.
**Tip if you don’t have a great mixer like a VitaMix get one. It has been one of the best investments in my health ever. For smaller blenders start by blending the broccoli and carrots alone first to ensure you don’t end up with any lumps.
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