Tart Acai Smoothie For Runners

I have an obvious obsession with healthy drinks. Half of my time in the grocery store is spent picking out my new organic on-the-go juices for the week while attempting to make these decisions solely on the ingredients and benefits it will provide without judging a juice by its cover – or really cute bottle. In my spare time I also enjoy concocting combinations that will not only taste great, but will have added benefits for my active lifestyle. See below for the recent success!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen assorted berries
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Tart Cherry Juice

The Benefits

Fruit – The benefits are obvious! The bananas, in particular, are great for runners due to their ability to assist in relaxing your stressed muscles.

Acai Powder – Great source of antioxidants and boosts brain activity!

Hemp Seeds – Protein super-source! Sourcing all 9 essential amino acids to the body.

Last but not least….


Tart Cherry Juice – This is my secret running ingredient. About three years ago my knee swelled so big that I couldn’t even bend it or fit into any of my jeans. It literally felt like it was going to burst. After several tests of an MRI and CT Scan it was determined that I have PVNS – an issue of inflammation in my knee. In short, they have no idea why it occurs, and worse, why it continues to come back once removed. Ever since then a lot of my focus has been on finding specific workouts targeting my muscles to help support my knee as much as I can. Tart Cherry Juice is just one of the ways I have taken this a step further to focus my meal intake onto my knee strength as well. This juice not only helps runners bounce back much faster by aiding in muscle recovery and soreness, it also targets inflammation in the joints. The liquid in the smoothie above can easily be swapped with simple water or almond milk for a healthy change in consistency, but I try to add this juice into my diet and routines whenever and wherever I can.

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