Sometimes the only thing that gets me through a tough workout is anticipating the recovery smoothie (and maybe a Mexi Coke) waiting for me at the end. It’s just so good.
Osmo Nutrition acute recovery has been my go-to after tough sessions the past year for a couple reasons. One, the honey and spice flavor mixes well with any combo (even straight up almond milk). And, most importantly, the women’s specific line is formulated to help counteract the hormonal changes that come along with being a woman, so it has more protein and glucose necessary to refuel after training (we have a shorter acute recovery window – about 30 minutes – so it’s important to refuel shortly after training; read more here).
I’ve gone through a lot of tubs of acute recovery, and though I’m a creature of habit – um, hello, same running route and breakfast for months – I’ve played around with some tasty smoothie options. My current favorite: blended with Pure Clean Powder. I love beets, but I don’t love cooking them. Because peeling is a pain and fuchsia hands! This organic beet powder – no mess! – is full of nutrients and nitrates, and as a vasodilator can “boost power output without changing oxygen consumption.” And, who doesn’t want more power?! Hit me up if you want a discount code :)
Here’s my current go-to smothie followed by some of my other favorite combos.
beet recovery smoothie
6 ounces unsweetened almond milk
one serving Osmo Nutrition acute recovery (based on body weight)
1-2 scoops Pure Clean Powder (1 scoop = 1 beet)
1 frozen banana
Add all ingredients to the Vitamix and blend. After the ingredients are blended, I add ice to thicken it up… because smoothies are tastier when eaten with a spoon. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings; mine include WholeMe almond coconut clusters, Seven Sundays blueberry chia buckwheat muesli, or a sprinkle of nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes or cacao nibs. Enjoy!
Not a beet fan? Here are equally delicious substitutions:
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- one frozen açai pack (I like Sambazon unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tbsp PB2 + 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/2 cup pumpkin + 1 tbsp PB2
And, some other optional add-ins that flavor up or boost any combo:
- 1 tbsp coconut manna
- half an avocado
- handful of spinach
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1 tsp chia seeds