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Purple Performance Smoothie

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For pre- and post-workout fuel

"Beets (and other nitrate-rich vegetables) improve blood and oxygen flow in muscles and prompt them to use the oxygen more efficiently. Sour cherries are rich in antioxidants and help the body to recover from intense training, as well as reducing delayed-onset muscle pain. Drink beetroot and sour cherry juices and smoothies regularly to gain the physical benefits."- David Freniel and Luise Vindahl

Recipe excerpted from the cookbook Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies For Every Day by David Freniel and Luise Vindahl. Purchase your own copy here.

Ingredients

  • 1 small raw beetroot, peeled (approx. 80 g/3 oz)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sour cherries or sour cherry powder (or goji berries)
  • 60 g (2 oz/½ cup) frozen raspberries
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds or hemp protein powder (or more if you like)
  • ½ –1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 350 ml (12 fl oz/1½ cups) almond milk (or unsweetened milk of choice)
  • 1 –2 tablespoons lemon juice

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