No. I am not writing about dairy! I am writing about this
I wanted to post a smoothie recipe that I hold near and dear to my heart. This smoothie is awesome on so many levels!
- It is loved by not just me, my toddler does a happy dance when the blender runs!
- It contains spirulina. Spirulina is a powerhouse for any runner or athlete. It is a great source of plant-based protein, high in B-vitamins, (which is our energy vitamins), high in iron, (so breath deep! you can store more oxygen runners!), it has also been shown to help with inflammation, (which as a runner, we tend to increase inflammation in our bodies due to training) Spiraling contains a plethora of great nutrition! (read more about spirulina here).
- It contains Chlorella. Chlorella is a great tool for detoxifying our bodies. I am not saying to go on a chlorella cleanse; however, since runners oxidize at a higher rate, (oxidation = using oxygen = we do it all the time with breathing/living just at an accelerated rate while running hard). Chlorella also helps guard your body against environmental toxins. I like to think I’m helping my body out as it’s inhaling exhaust fumes or coming out of Walmart after buying organic spinach, (yup, that’s right folks…you try living in Minot and not having to make a trip there at least once in your life…I dare you). More info on chlorella here.
- It doesn’t taste like pond scum….which most people worry about with green smoothies, especially those containing spirulina and chlorella.
- It contains coconut water. I sometimes like coconut water. I sometimes feel like I have to choke coconut water down. This smoothie uses coconut water, but for you haters out there…you can’t taste it and you still get the great health benefits it offers.
Without further ado
Green smoothie for recovery after a long run or just every day wellness
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- 8 oz. coconut water
- 1/2 tsp. spirulina powder
- 1/2 tsp. chlorella powder
- 1 heaping handful of spinach
- 1 banana
- stevia, (optional...but add if smoothie is not sweet to your liking)
- top off with frozen mango, (could do pineapple...but pineapple makes my mouth itch)
- Throw all in blender making sure to do it in the order I listed, (otherwise it makes it harder to blend)
- Push "smoothie" button if you have one, (I use a blendtec so I do)
- Poor & enjoy!
- A higher end blender is recommended, but not necessary. I don't have experience making this with anything other then my blendtec, it might just take more convincing to blend.
- If you don't like mango, use another lighter fruit like pineapple...Warning! if you use strawberries it will look like baby poop.
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