Monday, May 12, 2014

Breakfast of Champions

Local baby beet greens just in at Fresh off the Farm inspired this gorgeous smoothie, packed full of nutrition and flavor.

Plant-based protein powder, such as Vega Nutritional Shake
A generous handful of beet greens
A cup of diced beets, steamed and cooled
A cup of frozen raspberries or other berries
1T coconut butter
One frozen banana (tip: cut up very ripe bananas into small slices, store in a Ziploc in the freezer)
Water and ice for desired consistency

This one fills a quart jar with 21g protein, 68g carbs, and 440 calories. Beets are little ruby powerhouses, offering high doses of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, fiber, and vitamins A, B, & C, along with phytonutrients that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detox support. The nitrates in beets have been linked to improved athletic performance.

I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every day. It's a great way to get several servings of fresh, raw fruits and veggies and a good dose of protein. If I've had a big workout or just want the treat, I sprinkle a little granola on top. The extra crunch makes my mouth happy and helps sustain me though the morning.
What I did: Rest day. Blessed rest day.

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