Looking for a new smoothie option? Something to help repair those muscles? After playing a stretch of 5 games in 8 days this past week, my body was craving some quick nutrition to kick start the recovery process. What I put together was a simple, healthy, antioxidant rich blend that almost anyone could benefit from!
*Frozen Organic Blueberries – known to be an excellent source of anti-oxidants, these little berries help protect our cells from oxidative damage and the effects of aging.
*Banana - I typically add half of a banana to most smoothies. Bananas contain potassium, a valuable electrolyte that contributes to muscle energy but is lost through sweat during intense exercise.
*Hemp Protein Powder – I really like hemp protein because it’s plant based, contains all 9 essential amino acids and is high in zinc, iron and magnesium. If you’re knew to this type of protein try the Nutiva brand which is organic and non-gmo.
*Almond Butter – or almonds, contain the amino acid arginine, which has been shown to have a positive effect on growth hormone levels.
*Coconut Oil – Healthy fat to increase mineral absorption and keep you full. Coconut oil also has anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. I usually add a spoonful.
*Greens Powder – If you’re not keen on eating a ton of vegetables, a greens powder is a good way to get those micro-nutrients that you’re missing.
*Water/Whole Milk/Milk Substitute – I use either water or milk for a liquid base and always steer clear of fruit juices.
Now lets get one thing straight: When you make a smoothie that isn’t pure fruit and fruit juice, the finished product might not look as appetizing and honestly, might not taste as good either. However, it’s most likely much healthier and won’t result in a sugar crash. Keep in mind that adding hemp protein and greens to any smoothie will offset the color. Give this one a try and let me know what you think!