Pre-Workout Endurance Smoothie
• 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
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.
Makes: 1 serving
Free of: gluten and all top allergens
- 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 first published in Allergic Living magazine. Subscribe today for more great allergy-friendly and gluten free recipes