DOWNING PULVERIZED PRODUCE can do much more than just hit your body’s reset button.
With the right ingredients, homemade elixirs can be fat-burning, energy-boosting, workout recovery-speeding powerhouses. For a few quick recipes, we turned to Men’s Fitness columnist Candice Kumai, author Clean Green Drinks, which features 100-plus results-driven juice and smoothie recipes built around functional ingredients like bone-and muscle-protecting baby spinach, digestion-aiding ginger, and disease-fighting herbs and spices.
Here, courtesy of Kumai, are three powerhouse smoothie recipes that will supercharge your system and have you feeling healthier in no time.
Burn fat: The cinnamon beet
This unique drink packs a one-two punch. Beets contain a diuretic compound that helps flush fat from the body, while cinnamon has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and may also aid weight loss.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 1 medium beet, scrubbed, halved
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
Juice first four ingredients. Whisk in the cinnamon and serve. Makes one serving.
80 calories, 6g protein, 14g carbs, 1g fat, 0g fiber, 8g sugar, 870mg potassium, 170% DV vitamin A, 20% DV calcium, 30% DV folate
Boost energy: The cucumber clean green
The added pineapple is packed with the mineral manganese, which regulates blood sugar and helps the body turn carbs and fat into energy.
- 3⁄4 cup fresh pineapple
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 1 medium cucumber
Add all ingredients into a juicer and juice. Makes two servings.
90 calories, 3g protein, 19g carbs, 0.5g fat, 0g fiber, 15g sugar, 130% DV vitamin C, 10% DV calcium, 15% DV iron
Speed recovery: Ginger peach
Potassium-packed coconut water helps replace the electrolytes you sweat out during exercise, while ginger helps fight the inflammation that can build up during intense training sessions.
- 2 cups kale
- 5 cups baby spinach
- 1 tsp fresh ginger
- 3/4 peach, pitted
- 1/4 cup coconut water
Juice kale, spinach, ginger, and sliced peach into a glass. Add the coconut water and whisk well to combine. Makes two servings.
120 calories, 9g protein, 22g carbs, 1.5g fat, 0g fiber, 11g sugar, 240mg omega-3, 310% DV vitamin C, 30% DV calcium