Coming back from a carbo-loaded Roman holiday, complete with pasta, pizza and oodles of cheese (and did I mention the wine?), I’m eager to get back into my normal fitness routine and diet. What better to nourish my jet-lagged body as I re-acclimate to San Francisco life than with a delicious and nourishing recovery smoothie? Thank goodness my longtime friend and NYC nutritionist (take a look at her impressive credentials at the bottom of the post!) Megan Wolf has just the recipe! Check it out in her guest post below….
Hi, my name is Megan Wolf. I am a NYC based nutritionist and the writer of the blog, The Domesticated Wolf. I’m so excited to be guest posting on The Editorialite! Thanks for reading…
Today I’m going to share a recipe for a Recovery Smoothie: something easy to make after a workout that is both healthful and replenishing.
Smoothies are great ways to sneak extra nutrition into a daily diet and exercise routine. Smoothies and juicing have become all the rage. But In fact, smoothies are superior to juicing because smoothies keep all the goodness of fruits and vegetables right where you want it…in your glass! Because juicing removes pulp and fiber, it only leaves a vitamin rich liquid. While this could be a fine addition to a normal diet, subsisting only on juice is less than ideal and won’t do much to fill you up. Fiber is key — it’s the indigestible carbohydrate that fills you up without filling you out. And who can argue with that?
This smoothie is tasty, filling and rich in essential nutrients. All for less than 230 calories…
1C coconut water
3C lightly packed spinach or kale
2 scoops low sugar protein powder like Aria Protein For Women
1 tsp peanut or almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients together
2. Blend on high at least one minute, or until the greens are fully processed
3. Serve immediately over ice or as is in a glass
Nutrition information for one serving:
229 calories, 4g fat, 31g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 18g protein
The combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates makes this smoothie especially well balanced. Additionally, because coconut water is rich in electrolytes, this smoothie replenishes much of what is lost through exercise. Loaded with potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, this smoothie is nutrition powerhouse. I drink one (almost!) daily and swear by its restorative powders. I hope you love this recipe if you try it at home!
What is your favorite smoothie recipe? Do you add greens to yours?
Megan Wolf is a New York City based Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is the owner of Megan Wolf Nutrition, a nutrition counseling and consulting private practice, specializing in women’s health. She is an avid home cook, recipe developer, public speaker and the writer of her blog The Domesticated Wolf. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.