Smoothies are delicious and incredibly nutritious, but have you ever wondered what makes them good for your workout? It is the quality of vitamins and minerals in whole, raw, fruits and vegetables that improve our endurance, strength, metabolic processes, hydrate us, and repairs tissues.
Here are the vitamins and minerals that will create your workout breakthrough:
CALCIUM: prevents muscle cramps and helps strengthen bones
Where? There is more calcium in 1 cup of dark leafy greens than 1 cup of milk.
IRON: common deficiency among athletes
Where? apricot, pomegranate, currants, swiss chard, cilantro, parsley (excellent source)
MAGNESIUM: present in more than 300 human processes, helping many metabolic processes
Where? almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, spinach, cilantro, beet greens, collard greens, dates
POTASSIUM: helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, mineral balance, and regulate fluids
Where? Bananas, avocados, beet greens, spinach, cilantro, apricots, cantaloupes, figs, nectarines, pears
SELENIUM: critical to antioxidant production
Where? brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, seaweed
SODIUM: retains water in cells, preventing dehydration
Where? all fruits and vegetables contain sodium, the whole, natural form is much better for you
ZINC: directly related to endurance and tissue repair
Where? pumpkin (squash) seeds, peanuts, bee pollen, sweet peppers, spinach, parsley, seaweed
Sport drink and shake companies commonly advertise their products have the same list of benefits; they are trying to create a processed product to rival the real nutrients found in green smoothies. Skip the chemicals, preservatives, fillers, dyes, and unpronounceable names the easy way. With foods that don’t need ingredient labels.
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