Recovery is something I take pretty serious, even more so after being injured a few months ago. Now making sure that not only do I have good nutrition to add in recovery after workouts but also stretching more and listening to my body. While most days a pretty simple protein smoothie is great after a workout other days I want to pack in a lot of whole food nutrition to get as many nutrients as possible and nourish my whole body. A couple months ago my husband got my juicer fixed and while I thought I didn’t really miss it over the year plus it was broke as I use my Vitamix I realized I missed it a lot more than I thought! Nourishing my body with nutrient dense juices is something my body really missed and craved. I took a post workout juice I was enjoying after Piyo and played with it one week when I was really short on time and didn’t want to pull the juicer out. With the schedule we had that week I also didn’t want to have lots and lots of produce on hand it would have required for juices and I didn’t have time to run out every time I wanted to make juice. While I can’t compare juice to smoothies I crave both. Sometimes I want juice and sometimes I want something thicker and a smoothie as it really fills me up. I was talking to a friend and they suggested that it might be better for my body to variate my workout with some sports. She decided to take some Houston Tennis Lessons and it made that post-workout smoothie all the more tasty and refreshing because she mixed up her routine a bit and still got her workout, so she tells me.
While this smoothie can be made with coconut water I like to use maple water. Maple water is now a lot easier to find and is packed with vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, prebiotics, electrolytes, amino acids, and anti-oxidants without being processed. It is naturally sweet without having any sugars added. Maple water is sap not syrup. It is mostly water but the filtering the tree does adds naturally maple sugar which is where you will get the simple pure flavor. It is very high in manganese. Apples and carrots add some whole food carbs that your body needs after a workout, and fuel and nourish the body. Turmeric and ginger for inflammation and muscle soreness. To switch things up I like to add beets and protein powder. No matter what my body craves there is the perfect combination.
Makes 1 serving
1c maple water, or coconut water (used maple water)
1 small green apple, quartered and cored
1 large carrot, 2 smaller
1/4 tsp ground tumeric
1-2 tsp fresh ground ginger
1 scoop natural or vanilla protein powder, optional (used Vega Sport Vanilla)
1/2-1 beet quartered, optional
ice as desired
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend together maple/coconut water, apple, carrot, turmeric, and ginger. Add optional protein powder, beet, and ice as desired. Enjoy!
While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I listed as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.