Muscle Recovery Green Protein Smoothie. V. GF.

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I pretty much have one to two protein smoothies per day.  With the intensity of my training, running in excess of 80 miles most weeks plus strength workouts — this is my easy go-to, quick prep meal.  Plus packing in 4 or more cups of greens, is a great boost for my system post hard training.  This smoothie used a new protein powder I was testing, Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Chocolate Peanut Butter with some of my added spices for an extra boost of healing properties. #FeelAmazingEveryday

Amazing Grass Protein SuperFood contains a unique blend of USDA Organic pea, hemp, chia and quinoa, delivering 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving plus 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. Each flavor is also grain-free, paleo friendly, and can be enjoyed alone with water, added to a smoothie or almond, cashew or coconut milk. The line’s unique pea protein is the only available source that is 100 percent grown, harvested and processed in the USA, providing one of the smoothest, best tasting plant-based proteins on the market.

To this super protein I add turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory (hello, please help my leg muscles recover) and has been shown to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis (which I also suffer from) with joint pain and swelling.  Also, adding chia packs an Omega, calcium, protein and fiber punch to your diet.  And some ground cinnamon to help regulate sugar in the body. This smoothie is quick to make and has so many health benefits for your body.

Ingredients:
1.25 cups of unsweetened cashew milk
3-4 (or more) cups of baby organic spinach
1 scoop of protein powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 or 2 dashes of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of chia seeds (black or white)
1 teaspoon of nut butter of your choice
1 banana (very ripe – frozen or not)
1/2 cup of crushed ice

Directions:

Into your Vitamix or powerful blender add the following ingredients in this order for optimal blending.

Nut milk of your choice
Spinach
Protein
Spices
Chia
Nut butter
Banana
Ice

Blend on the smoothie setting or until blended. You can top with some granola or cacao nibs if you wish. Enjoy!
IMG_1294Thank you Amazing Grass for sponsoring this post.
fitness_update

Week one and recovery is still happening here. Tapering back my mileage. Rebuilding glycogen stores. Resting. Rolling muscles out a lot. Stretching. It’s all going down here. Here’s my recap:

Sunday: 11 outdoor, hilly miles
Monday: 12 outdoor miles
Tuesday: 11 treadmill miles and strength training
Wednesday: Rest day

That’s a wrap. Heading out for a dog walk to the park. Enjoy your day!
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— Knead to Cook

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  1. I’ve tried an Amazing Grass protein supplement before, and to be honest, it tasted very “grassy.” It was not at all my favorite vegan protein. How does this new blend taste?