Smoothies make ideal post-exercise treats. Depending on where you seek refreshment, though, you could end up with a calorie- and sugar-packed slushy. Get out your blender instead. “With the right ingredients, smoothies can jump-start recovery by providing carbs, protein, essential fatty acids, electrolytes, and antioxidants,” says Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition in Jacksonville, Florida.
GIVE IT A WHIRL
Four tips for a smoother smoothie operation
1. Maintain order: Liquids first, then the soft stuff, frozen last. Sticky ingredients go in after an initial blend.
2. Don’t water down: Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes for undiluted, frosty-thick results.
3. Blend and gulp: Smoothies don’t store well. Case in point: Drinks containing yogurt will separate.
4. Splurge for horsepower: The superversatile Vitamix 5200 Standard makes quick work of frozen fruit. If that’s not in your budget, opt for the Oster 14-speed blender.