Tart Cherry Training Smoothie
Feb 27, 2017
Recovery nutrition is essential for day-to-day performance throughout your training program. When you're short on time, smoothies can be a quick way to get the fluids, carbohydrates and protein you need to help re-build your glycogen stores and repair muscle tissue after a workout. They can also be used pre-workout as an energy drink. This smoothie is made with a base of tart cherry juice which has some evidence showing improved performance during an event as well as reduced inflammation and muscle soreness following an event when taken regularly for days leading up to the event. The whey protein found in yogurt is quickly used by the body and will help rebuild muscle tissue. Lastly, throw in a pinch of heart healthy flax seeds for an extra fibre boost. Enjoy!
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup tart cherry juice (unsweetened)
2 tbsp lime juice
100 g to 150 g vanilla or other flavoured yogurt (option: use a high-protein greek yogurt after your workout)
2 tsp ground flax seeds
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Drink right away, or keep in a thermos to have right after your workout. Shake well!
If you need a vegan or dairy-free version, substitute a coconut-based yogurt or almond beverage for the yogurt.
If you do not have frozen mango, not to worry - frozen peaches, nectarines, or even pineapple will do!
If you have trouble finding tart cherry juice, check in the organic section of your local grocer, or look for unsweetened fruit blends, like pomegranate-cherry.
If you have any questions in regards, please email our Registered Dietitian, Jenny Wilson-Gibbons, at email@example.com