I confess that I am not a medical doctor, nor am I a nutritionist. But, in this moment, I will wear the hat of a health-guru and prescribe you a smoothie that will work for your body rather than against your waistline and wallet. This is my answer to the convenient juice bar, smoothie chain grab that while satisfying, is expensive and sometimes seems like a glorified candy bar all dressed in green.
Amidst the craziness of working, carpooling, exercising, shuttling kids to practices,…I had to come up with a smoothie that I could make the night before (if need be) to refuel me post-workout or get me through the lunch hour when I didn’t have time to eat between client meetings. I started researching ingredients, and became educated on the reasons for including certain foods in my diet. Ultimately, I determined that in order to feel good, maintain energy levels and provide for muscle recovery, I needed the following in my smoothie:
(1) Bananas = Potassium = Energy for your muscles to aid in recovery post-workout
(2) Spinach = Vitamin K, Iron, Vitamin C, Folate & more = Less fatigue and helps protect against “bad” cholesterol
(3) Flax seed = Omega-3 essential fatty acids & fiber = Healthy effects for your heart and tummy
(4) Cinnamon = Anti-inflammatory compounds = Reduced pain and irritation often associated with arthritic symptoms
(5) Coconut Water = Just as Much Potassium as 1 Banana = Same as above, but also hydrates the body
(6) Unsweetened Nut Milks = Calcium, Vitamin D, and less calories than dairy milk = Healthy blood sugar levels and weight management
(7) Protein Powders = You guessed it…Protein = Muscle tone (p.s. you won’t bulk up, promise!)
This vitamin/potassium/protein-packed smoothie tastes great, makes me feel awesome (ummmm, just read the ingredients), and ensures that I am fueling my body with goodness.
Energize and power-up, xoxo! E.
- 1 cup Pure Coconut Water
- 1 cup Unsweetened Nut Milk (see Notes)
- 2 T Protein Powder (see Notes)
- 1 t Ground Cinnamon
- 1 T Ground Flax Seed
- 1 Medium-sized Banana
- 1 cup Baby Spinach, packed
- In a high-powered blender, choose smoothie setting and/or blend on high 30 seconds until well combined and creamy.
But, I also encourage you to play around with your nut milk and try adding all-natural peanut butter or a handful of raw almonds in leiu of a protein powder.