3 Green Smoothies to Boost Your Energy
These tasty blended treats will give you the energy to run—and the nutrients to recover
Green Protein Power (top left). Photo by Francine Zaslow, used with permission of Storey Publishing.
We all know we're supposed to load up on the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in vegetables like spinach, beets and kale to stay happy, healthy and energized. But consuming enough nutrients to sustain our trail-running bodies sometimes means an awful lot of chopping (not to mention chewing).
Being short on time doesn't mean you have to forsake the nutritional and energy-boosting benefits of raw veggies, though. Here are three green smoothie recipes for the time-crunched runner, excerpted from Raw Energy in a Glass: 125 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies, Green Drinks, and Other Satisfying Raw Beverages to Boost Your Well-Being, by Stephanie Tourles. Filled with leafy greens and other nourishing ingredients, these refreshing drinks pack a nutritional wallop—and taste good to boot.
1. Green Protein Power
Jam-packed with nutrients that deliver a punch of energizing power, this potent green smoothie is the ultimate breakfast beverage for hours of nourishing, tasty fortification. This smoothie should be drunk right away and not stored in the refrigerator or a thermos for later consumption, as the chia seeds will begin to swell and the texture of the drink will become slippery or gel-like.
- Juice of 3 oranges, tangerines or tangelos
- 3 cups baby spinach leaves, packed
- 2 cups very ripe, fresh pineapple, cut into small pieces
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, whole
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil, unfiltered preferred
- Pinch of sea salt
1. Place the orange juice, spinach, pineapple, cashews, chia seeds, flaxseed oil and salt in a blender and blend on high until the spinach leaves, pineapple and cashews are completely liquefied, about 30 seconds.
2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. For a festive look, garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge. This blend is high in natural sugars and fiber, so sip slowly.
Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition: A good source of blood-building iron and chlorophyll, bountiful antioxidants, vitamins B, C, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, natural sugars and fiber.