Raise your hand if you’re counting down the days until the weekend and this Midwest heat wave has caused you to lose your mind.
I’m pretty sure that every single run these past few weeks has ended with me running into the air-conditioned house and downing a giant smoothie. And we’re not talking a cute little mason jar smoothie, but a full blender that has about 52oz of water + fruit + veggies.
After hot workouts outside, it is SO SO important to not only rehydrate with water, but also get plenty of electrolytes and carbohydrates in! Gatorade and other sports drinks are great, but sometimes my stomach can’t handle all the added sugars, so I turn to smoothies with citrus fruits instead. Plus those drinks contain a lot of chemicals and preservatives that I’m not a huge fan of putting into my body. Which is why I sought to create a delicious, hydrating smoothie to drink post-workout!
Hydration is something that is easy to forget, but sweat loses of even just 2% of your normal body weight can significantly impair performance and aerobic capacity. Water is obviously great, but if you’re a heavy sweater like me, water alone just isn’t going to cut it. Here’s some of the reasons why I included all these ingredients in this smoothie!
Mango: High in vitamin C and A, mango is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body against the damaging effects of hard training. Mango also helps to strengthen your immune system and alkalizes the body.
Orange juice: Oranges are rich in vitamin C which helps to both boost your immune system and reduce inflammation.
Carrots: Sneaking veggies into your smoothies is a great way to reach the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, as carrots help to improve vision, reduce cancer risk, promote healthier skin, and cleanse out toxins from the body.
Turmeric: Known for its anti-inflammatory compounds, turmeric is a perfect spice to consume post-workout and has been found to be as powerful as some leading anti-inflammatory drugs.
Cinnamon: Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease and can help fight infection.
Water: Fluid loses of over 2% of body weight can have a detrimental effect on training, including decreased muscle elasticity and an increased risk of injury.
- 1 cup mango
- 8oz orange juice
- ½ cup baby or shredded carrots
- 2t turmeric
- 2t cinnamon
- Water, to achieve desired thickness
- Combine all ingredients in a blender to combine.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!