Sustained Power Smoothie Recipe

Sustained Power Smoothie Recipe

This rich and creamy recipe provides all of the energy- boosting nutrients found in the popular Red Bull product.

This recipe is a powerhouse of nutrients used in various energy-making, biochemical pathways. The antioxidants, found in high concentrations in the cocoa, are utilized in energy production. The caffeine from the cocoa dilates blood vessels, increasing circulation of the antioxidants as well as the amino acids.

Cottage cheese and peanuts are two of the richest vegetarian food sources of methionine known— an amino acid that the liver converts to taurine. In addition, whey protein powder generally contains about 50 mg of taurine-potential per serving.

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons whey protein powder

Serves 2

Adapted from More Smoothies for Life, Random House (2007)

Piña Colada Smoothie

This is a classic combination. The tropical flavors really complement each other and bring the taste of the islands right into your kitchen.

Plus, components of coconut are currently being studied for their health properties and as a treatment for bacterial infections such as pneumovirus, staph, and strep—the most common illnesses brought home from schools every year. Pina Colada Smoothie not only helps fight off infections but it’s a tasty pick-me-up after a long day of school to help energize the kids until dinner.

1 ½ cups pineapple nectar

1 cup ice cubes

½ cup coconut milk

½ cup pineapple chunks

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 2

 

Adapted from More Smoothies for Life, Random House (2007)

Gingerade

This refreshing, spicy version of lemonade can be made with lemon or lime segments. Both are complementary with ginger and sparkling water, and are ultra-refreshing.

Ginger is a mild anti-inflammatory and provides antioxidants that support the immune system. This drink also counters the damaging effect of dehydration, the most common cause of fatigue.

1 cup ice cubes, made with filtered water

1 teaspoon ginger powder

2 cups sparkling water

1 teaspoon xylitol

½ lemon or lime, peeled

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 2

Adapted from More Smoothies for Life, Random House (2007)

Smoothie For Sleep

Sweet and creamy with a hint of maple, this smoothie works well as part of a ritual to prepare for sleeping. Kids love it too so it’s the perfect snack to have an hour before a nap or before bed. Milk contains tryptophan, which is the amino acid known for inducing sleep.

1 cup organic milk

1 frozen banana

½ cup frozen cherries

¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder or cottage cheese

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 2