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Pre-Workout Endurance Smoothie

460212101 [1]Wake up with this gluten-free, nutrient-rich, exercise-enhancing smoothie.

A number of studies have shown that the lowly beet is high in dietary nitrate, a natural substance that boosts the efficiency of working muscles, delays exhaustion, and improves overall exercise performance.

Not a beet fan? Chard, arugula, celery, and rhubarb are also high in dietary nitrates. Mix these vegetables into your morning smoothie for a high-octane endurance boost.


• 2 cups coarsely chopped spinach

• 2 cups filtered water

• 1/4 cup frozen blueberries

• 1 small raw beet, trimmed and chopped (about 1/3 cup)

• 1 pear, cored and chopped

• 1 stalk celery, chopped

• 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds

Optional: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (If your blender isn’t powerful, grate the beets and chop the celery into small pieces.)

Recipe by Melissa McLean Jory

The Gluten-Free Edge: [2] A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life, by Peter Bronski and Melissa McLean Jory. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.