Updated: Apr 16, 2021
Fuel your workout
This smoothie is ideal for fueling your workout. It's also a good choice to speed up your post-exercise recovery. The vitamins, electrolytes, and natural carbs are just what your body needs to be at peak performance.
Did you know that kale has more iron than beef? Iron is necessary to move oxygen around your body, especially during your workout.
It's also loaded with calcium, which you need to build strong bones. You can avoid the fat inherent in dairy by getting your recommended calcium from kale.
Vitamin C and additional antioxidants are other great benefits of kale. These help to soothe post-workout inflammation, cutting down on soreness during recovery.
Bananas are so well-known as pre or post-workout food that they're frequently handed out at marathons and other endurance events. They're packed with light carbs, which fuel you without weighing you down. Also, a bit of protein and a healthy dose of fiber keep those carbs from all being absorbed all at once, providing long-lasting energy, rather than a quick boost and crash.
They also contain a kick of potassium, which helps balance the body's electrolytes and prevents muscle cramps.
The Sports Nutrition Lab at the University of Memphis found that honey is better than the sugar water that makes up most sport drinks or gel packs. It carries the sugar your body needs, but adds a dose of antioxidants. It's also 100% natural, rather than 100% processed.
Like the banana, coconut water is a good source of potassium, along with its sodium. The sodium replenishes the electrolytes lost through sweat, while the potassium helps to balance this process and keep things steady and cramp-free. This is why it's such a good source for hydration.
With all these benefits, we know this smoothie will become your new favorite workout fuel.
Kale Coconut Water Workout Smoothie
1 cup chopped kale
1 banana, chopped
1 Tbsp Don Victor™ honey
1 Tbsp flaxseed
1 1/2 cups coconut water
a few ice cubes
Put all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend on high. Add ice cubes as needed and continue blending until desired consistency is reached.
Give this smoothie a try to kick-start recovery after your next workout, and let us know what you think in the comments, below!
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