Recipes: Muscle Recovery Smoothie

IMG_0552I’ll be the first to tell you, that I’m not a huge fan of beet juice on its own.  However, this smoothie is a game changer for me. It is absolutely Divine with a capital D. It’s light and easy to digest, and fuels me up without weighing me down between yoga and climbing. I’ve been excited to share this recipe for a few months, and now that it’s finally warmer weather, here it is! Don’t let the frilly photos and bright colors fool you, this smoothie is a lean fighting machine.

Textures4BOOST YOUR WORK OUT ROUTINE | So why is this smoothie so good for an active body? Nitrogen-rich vegetables like beets help increase blood flow to the muscles which speeds up your recovery time and boosts your energy. Studies have even shown that beets paired with spinach helps boost muscle strength. The bananas contain potassium to avoid muscle cramping, the flax provides good fats loaded with heart-healthy omegas, hemp provides a small protein boost, and cinnamon helps the pancreas metabolize the sugar from the beets/fruit. You can add a heaping spoonful of almond butter to mix for extra plant-based protein, if desired.  I prefer to use fresh, raw beet juice made at home. But if you’re in a bind, you can buy it from at your local juicery, or your natural food stores that carries cold-pressed juice products.

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STRAWBERRY, BEET & CINNAMON SMOOTHIE

1 cup fresh raw beet juice
½ cup hemp milk
1 frozen banana
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 large handful spinach
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax oil
pinch Himalayan pink salt

Clean and chop fresh 1-2 large beets. Using your juicer first, process the beets through the machine to separate the juice and pulp.  Pour 1 cup of the beet juice into your high-speed blender. Combine remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.  Transfer to a large glass or bowl to enjoy your smoothie with straw or a spoon.  Top with cacao nibs, bee pollen and fresh berries for added texture + nutrition.

Serves 2

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3 responses to “Recipes: Muscle Recovery Smoothie”

  1. Renee Ranjani Shuman says:

    Claire! This looks SO beautiful. I love the color, and I love the ingredients. Can’t wait to make this!

    • vidyacleanse says:

      Thank you! I loved your instagram photos 🙂 looked like a success at home. I’ll be doing another round of your tahini smoothie this week, so good!

      • Renee Ranjani Shuman says:

        yay! I’m so glad you liked that smoothie! Now that it’s warm I’m getting back into smoothies again. Can’t wait for peaches to be back in season so I can make a billion vegan peach smoothies!

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