We love any excuse to bust out the blender and whip up a smoothie. Not only because they're delicious, but also because these creamy sippers can be one of the easiest ways to consume valuable nutrients and vitamins without feeling as though you have to devour an entire salad bar's worth of fruits and veggies. But make no mistake. One too many handful or scoop of the wrong ingredients (read: frozen yogurt) and you've got yourself a liquid calorie bomb that's not going to do your waistline—or energy level—any favors. So, to ensure that you're slurping to your advantage, distinguished nutritionist Susan Goodman is giving FW: Chicago the first look at her restorative, hydrating, and antioxidant-packed smoothie recipe.
Goodman has worked with numerous professional athletes, so she knows what it takes to achieve the proper balance of flavor and functionality. Featuring ingredients such as cherry-flavored COCO5 coconut water (a locally produced product), blueberries, egg-white protein, and kale, this piquant potion comes in at only 125 calories per serving but with numerous benefits:
COCO5: This all-natural, young coconut-based hydration drink contains all five essential electrolytes necessary for proper hydration and balance. (If you were at our FW: Chicago meet and greet, this delicious, Chicago-made bev was in the swag bags!)
Blueberries: One of the world's healthiest foods, blueberries boast serious antioxidant power and anthocyanins, which attack free radicals and help improve cardiovascular health.
Kale: One of the most nutrient-rich foods you can consume, kale contains vitamins A, K, C, and B6; Manganese; Calcium; Copper; Potassium, and Magnesium. It's also high in antioxidants and fiber, while being low in calories.
So, dust off that blender and keep the ice tray full. After all, the two have to be good for more than simply making margaritas this summer!
COCO5's Cherry Crush Smoothie: Yields two 8-ounce servings (125 calories each)
6 ounces COCO5 Cherry Crush (1/2 bottle)
6 COCO5 Cherry Crush ice cubes
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup kale
1 scoop strawberry protein powder (Goodman prefers Jay Robb strawberry egg-white protein)
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
This recipe is gluten free/dairy free. (Includes egg protein.)