After a long workout, your body needs nutrients to replenish what it has lost, and nothing could be handier or more nutritious than the right smoothie. Smoothies are perfect because you can pack so many servings of the right nutrients into a drink that’s quick to make and easy to digest.
If you’d like to create your own post-workout recipes, keep in mind that non-dairy protein is more easily digested, greens help reduce the acidity produced by intense exercise, and a variety of fruits and vegetables provide needed carbohydrates. Try adding a tablespoon of flax seed or chia to your smoothie to add healthy fat and additional antioxidants. Add these seeds to the container last, on top of all other ingredients, for the most thorough blend.
Reward and replenish yourself post-workout with one of these satisfying smoothies:
Everything Smoothie—Packed with nearly a dozen fruits, veggies, and leafy greens, this smoothie is full of carbs, protein, and calcium.
Gold Medal Smoothie—Citrus fruits and cantaloupe make it a sweet treat after an intense workout, but a scoop of protein powder makes it a gold medalist.
Whether your diet is gluten-free by choice or necessity, you can take advantage of your Vitamix blender to create fresh, wholesome alternatives to commercial products. Some off-the-shelf, gluten-free foods are heavily processed and so have fewer nutrients than the ones you make at home. Additionally, some processed foods can be higher in calories, fat, and sugar, so you may actually gain weight instead of losing it on a gluten-free diet.
Although many people associate gluten primarily with wheat, it’s important to remember that rye and barley also contain the gluten protein. Fortunately, making your own recipes allows you to control what goes into your food.
Brown Rice Grits: This easy-to-make cereal is deliciously sweet when topped with fresh fruit or honey.
Creamy Rice Cereal: Easily adjust the texture of this all-natural baby cereal for your growing child with the length and speed of the blend. Add fruits when you're ready to introduce them to more flavor and variety.