Not just a pretty face, our hard-working burgundy-and-gold recovery drink balances the sweetness of beet and pineapple juice with the slightly tart taste of apple or kiwi. It’s rich in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants needed for rebuilding exhausted and strained muscles and fighting free radical damage. Much-maligned beet greens are the most valuable player in this drink, boasting high scores in vitamins A, C and B, magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium and iron.
The shake offers a bonus for athletes with asthma, as it helps facilitate oxygen uptake toward the cells. A definite MVP in post-game beverages!
Redskins Recovery Shake Recipe Ingredients & Directions:
1/2 cup pineapple
1/4 cup cherries, pitted
1/4 cup beet juice
1/4 cup kiwifruit or Granny Smith apple, chopped
1/2 cup beet greens, uncooked, chopped
2 oz green tea, brewed 5 minutes and cooled
2 oz ice-cold water
2 oz vanilla soymilk,
*nonsoy substitutes: almond, rice or cow’s milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
*nondairy substitutes: goat milk or hemp protein
Combine in blender. Serves 2
Chef Michelle Austin is founder of On Thyme Consulting, co-owner of Just to Please You Productions and a contributor to SOBeFiT magazine. She has been featured on food and design segments on NBC and CBS. All menu concepts and recipes have been prepared by Michelle exclusively for Allergy & Asthma Today.
Reviewed by William Berger, MD, and Michael Foggs, MD
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