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The Perfect Post-Workout Smoothie

To maximize your work in the gym, it’s important to carefully consider your creations in the kitchen. This refreshing, easy-to-make smoothie offers just the right amount of sweetness but it’s designed with much more than just delicious taste in mind. This particular recipe offers an ideal ratio of carbohydrates to protein in order to optimize your exercise recovery. Specifically, research in the area of nutrient timing suggests that a combination of carbohydrates and protein be consumed in approximately a 2:1 or a 3:1 ratio, ideally within about 30-45 minutes post-workout if possible.  In breaking down the ingredients in this blend, the banana serves as a source of rapidly digestible carbohydrate as well as a good source of potassium, while the Curves vanilla protein offers an easily digestible protein which contains amino acids such as leucine, which is important for promoting protein synthesis.

In addition to considerations around carbohydrates and protein, the consumption of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, from whole food sources are important in helping to repair tissues and prevent damage to cells. Kiwis are particularly high in vitamin C, with one small fruit containing over 100% of the daily recommended value. Spinach, the other green ingredient in this smoothie, also serves as a good source of antioxidants. The liquids were also chosen with a purpose in mind. The almond milk contains nearly half of the recommended daily value of vitamin E, while the coconut water offers beneficial rehydration and electrolyte balance post-sweat session. As an added bonus, this thoughtfully crafted combination of ingredients provides nearly 50% of the daily recommended fiber intake for women, helping to support overall health and well-being.

Lean Green Machine

1 medium banana, cut into pieces

1 cup organic fresh spinach

2 scoops Curves vanilla whey protein

1 kiwi, peeled and cut into pieces

1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk

½ cup organic coconut water

Directions: Combine ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy this smoothie immediately after your workout.

Calories: 336
Fat: 5.5g
Carbs: 57g
Protein: 19.5
Fiber: 11g

Curves Nutrition Program members use only half a banana for breakfast on Phases 1 & 2.