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Ginger and Greens Smoothie

This easy Ginger and Greens Smoothie is light and refreshing and the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

This easy Ginger and Greens Smoothie is light and refreshing and the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD

Spring is in the air! It’s definitely starting to warm up in most parts of the country, which means it’s finally time to take the workouts outside! There doesn’t seem to be anything much better than having an intense sweat sesh out in the fresh air, except maybe coming inside to a delicious, cold smoothie made with healthy, clean ingredients? Yes!

 

Not only will this Ginger and Greens Smoothie cool you down, it’ll replenish some of what was lost during your workout. Fresh fruit like bananas, mango, and pineapple are great for muscle recovery because they are full of much-needed antioxidants and carbohydrates, and spinach and kale are packed with vitamins and minerals. This smoothie is also rich in potassium, an electrolyte that’s lost through sweat.

 

And of course, we can’t forget the unique twist on this smoothie: ginger! Ginger is an ingredient particularly beneficial for athletes for a few different reasons. Firstly, it really gets your digestive system moving. If you are struggling with irregularity, especially while traveling for a race or other event, ginger should put you right back on track.

 

It also helps with loss of appetite, which is common among athletes. After a hard training session many athletes find they have no appetite, which can be challenging when it comes to refueling your body. Consuming ginger, especially in an easily digestible smoothie, should help increase your appetite so you can continue to fuel.

 

Ginger also contains powerful antioxidants that help with reducing muscle soreness! Between the ginger, greens, and fresh fruit, this smoothie makes for a perfect post workout snack. Pair with some toast and nut butter and you’re good to go!

This easy Ginger and Greens Smoothie is light and refreshing and the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Refuel after a tough workout with this refreshing Ginger and Greens Smoothie via @KristinaLaRueRD
This easy Ginger and Greens Smoothie is light and refreshing and the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Ginger & Greens Smoothie

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makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 inch peeled ginger
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup baby kale

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process on low speed for about 30 seconds and increase to high speed to process until blended and smooth.

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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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