Maybe it’s the summer heat that’s got me all over green smoothies, or maybe it’s the giant (and I mean giant) bunches of organic kale available at farmers’ markets, but I’ve been all over kaley green smoothies lately.
Last night I spoke to a lovely group of Moksha yoga ladies on the topic of yoga and nutrition. We chatted about green smoothies and how we love them because they’re an easy way to get lots of nutrition into one glass… especially after a schweaty, marathon like hot or ashtanga yoga session.
So I figured I’d share my go-to smoothie as of late. Because it’s summer, my smoothie obviously involves kale. The kind of kale bunch that you need almost two hands to carry. This is in-season kale in Ontario, my friends, and I’ve been adding gargantuan kale leaves to most of the things I cook in my kitchen.
Here are the health benefits of this smoothie:
- Kale: I’ve spoken about the benefits of kale here. But there are some more benefits that kale provides in a post-yoga (or workout) scenario. Kale is super alkalizing; alkalinity is important post-workout because it helps to reduce inflammation and help our muscles recover faster. Kale is also high in antioxidants and phytonutrients; any form of exercise creates oxidative damage to our cells, and so we need antioxidants to help combat the damage. Be sure to choose organic.
- Banana: these guys are a great source of electrolytes (which can become super depleted when we’re sweating our tootsies off). Bananas also provide us with some carbohydrates, which are needed to help repair our muscles post-workout.
- Apple: cooling, fibre filled, tart, carbalicious and so delicious. Be sure to choose organic.
- Oats: provide a good source of complex carbohydrates, which are needed to help repair your tired muscles. Oats also help to promote relaxation, which is lovely post-workout. If you are gluten-intolerant, be sure to buy certified gluten free oats.
- Spirulina: super alkalizing and a good source of protein. Spirulina is also cooling to our hot bodies after a warm yoga class.
- Mint: a nice and cooling addition. Mint’s bright taste also helps to combat the slightly gamey taste of kale in the smoothie.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 apple
- 1/2 banana
- 2 leaves kale, removed from stem
- 2 tbsp rolled oats (soak beforehand to make them more digestible)
- a few mint leaves
- ½ tsp spirulina
- 1 scoop preferred protein powder (I’m partial to a sprouted rice or pumpkin seed variety)
- water to desired consistency
- Blend until smooth and green.
I’ll be running the nutrition component of Moksha Yoga Bloor West’s August Yoga Detox Challenge. Join us for the next three weeks! If you’re interested in joining the fun, contact MYBW!
Wishing you kale-y recoveries from your summer workouts. xo Andrea