Recipe for a Detoxifying, Recovery Smoothie

By Monash Sport Health and Fitness Instructor Carmen.  

Why it’s Great:
This smoothie is ideal to have post-workout. The combination of protein and carbohydrates will assist in rebuilding muscle tissue, decreasing recovery time and optimising performance. Enjoy within an hour of finishing your workout; this is when blood flow to the exercised muscles is high and the muscles are especially receptive to nutrients.

Celery is a healing vegetable known for its detoxifying, circulation promoting and immune-boosting properties

Chia seeds are a great source of fibre, omega 3’s and protein, which makes them super nourishing. The fibre also helps eliminate toxins from the body.
Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink loaded with minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. This will give you a burst of energy and help your body hydrate and revitalise.
Cucumbers – These cool, green vegies have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They help normalise blood pressure and relieve fluid retention.
Ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage.
Protein is high in BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) which can reduce fatigue, improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing. As well as aiding recovery, protein will support your immune system and help to stabilise hormones, which is great in times of stress. Adding this to your smoothies is Ideal for improving skin, digestive health, sports performance and sustained weight loss.
Spinach helps to increase alkalinity and detoxification in your body that can promote healing. Spinach is also rich in vitamins A, C and K and folic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are necessary for healthy bones, skin and eyes.
Serves 1
1 cup of pure coconut water
1 small stick of celery, chopped
¼ cucumber, chopped
1 big handful of spinach leaves
1 lemon, juice only
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
¼ bunch of parsley
8 - 10 mint leaves
~ 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 – 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder