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10 September 2010

Smoothies

I love smoothies. One of my favourite things. They’re cool, refreshing, and take mere minutes to make from scratch.

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Post-workout food and drinks are always a challenge for me. Often I actually don’t even feel that hungry, but one of my favourites is a smoothie.

Easy and quick to make, and loaded with nutrients, a smoothie is a quick kick-in-the-pants for recovery. Generally I just take some mixture of frozen or fresh fruit, dump in some fruit/veggie blend juice (like V8 Fusion or PC 100% Fruit & Vegetable Blend) and then some yogurt to top it off for a nice creamy texture. It’s all spun together in my handy Magic Bullet lickety-split and I can enjoy within a couple of minutes.

It’s easy to amp-up those nutrients by including greens in your smoothie: they’re loaded with B12, Vitamins E and C, beta-carotene and amino-acids. They’re also chalk full of alkaline minerals like magnesium, calcium and iron.

Try adding in some celery, kale, chard, spinach, boston lettuce, or romaine lettuce.

Want more sweetness? Some natural honey or dates can help you there. And if you’re looking for something more liquid skip the frozen fruit and use fresh, plus add in some coconut water, which is packed with electrolytes and replenishes lost minerals.

Recipes are plentiful and only limited by your imagination. I generally use 1.5 cups frozen fruit, 1 cup juice, 1/2 cup yogurt.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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