Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Recovery Smoothie

After a hectic week and an even crazier weekend, my body was in desperate need for an injection of nutrients. Had I had an IV drip, I would have infused it with phytonutrients and connected myself up to it. Instead, my vitamix came to the rescue. The recovery smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, liver protecting nutrients, energy enhancing superfoods and anti-inflammatory spices. I used a vanilla vegan protein powder to keep it dairy free but a clean whey protein powder such as Biochem and Tera's could be used as a substitute. Spirulina was added as it contains B12 and the amino acid, tyrosine, both which help rev up the metabolism. Aloe vera juice is very healing to the GI tract and should have been used before my Viognier imbibing, but better late than never.  Cinnamon enhances the brain's cognitive function which was so needed after watching the clock tick from 1:59am to 3am in a second.

The Recovery Smoothie takes less than 2 minutes to make.

Recovery Smoothie
- 1 scoop of NuMedia vanilla vegan protein powder (my favorite vegan protein powder - email the office for delivery)
- 6oz of iced hibiscus tea (green tea can be used as a substitute)
- 3/4 cup of frozen cherries
- handful of kale leaves
- fresh mint
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tbl aloe vera juice
- pinch of cinnamon
- ice

Add all ingredients to blender and mix for 30-60 secs. Serve in a tall glass (or even a martini glass) and dust with cinnamon.