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By Annie Lawless

Workout Smoothie Recipe

Fuel Down Smoothie 1This is the perfect smoothie to enjoy after a long, hard workout! Ingredients:
  • 8oz Suja Organic Fuel
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1tsp spirulina
  • 1T soaked chia seeds
  • 1 scoop sprouted vanilla brown rice, pea, hemp, goat, or whey protein
  • 1tsp camu camu
  • 1tsp maca
Directions:
  1. Add all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until everything is pulverized and smooth.
  2. Add ice to desired consistency and enjoy!
Ingredient Benefits:
  • Suja Organic Fuel - A great source of potassium, a key electrolyte that helps restore hydration levels. Also contains turmeric which aids with inflammation from tearing the muscle fibers during a workout.
  • Banana - High in complex carbohydrates to help replenish glycogen stores in the muscles after a workout. Also helps make the smoothie luxurious and creamy!
  • Spirulina - This green powder is 60% protein and its full amino acid profile can help build muscle. It can also oxygenate the muscles which may reduce soreness.
  • Chia Seeds - These little guys boast protein, inflammation fighting omega-3 fats, and can help rehydrate muscles because they carry liquid when soaked.
  • Sprouted vanilla brown rice, pea, hemp, goat, or whey protein - This helps the muscle fibers repair post workout and build.
  • Camu Camu - This highest plant kingdom source of Vitamin C can help boost immunity which is compromised immediately following a workout and may also support the adrenals.
  • Maca - Exercise is a stress on the body so this natural adaptogen helps the body adjust. Maca is also a natural hormone balancer.
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