Today we get our vegetable on with an all-veggie smoothie. There’s really no better way, in my opinion, to get all the vegetables you need for a day than by throwing them all into a smoothie. Of course, that’s pointless if it tastes gross and you don’t want to eat it. This is where the liquid base can make all the difference. I used coconut water to add just a hint of sweetness to the smoothie. Ginger also adds a nice kick to any smoothie, which makes this great for a morning pick-me-up when you don’t feel hittin’ the caffeine first thing after waking up. Enjoy!
1 Cup Kale
1 Cup Celery
1 Cup Carrots
1 Inch Piece of Ginger
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Cup Coconut Water
– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)
– Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6
– Carrots: vitamins A & B6, folic acid and magnesium
– Ginger: stimulates digestion, combats flatulence (NICE!) and is effective against colds
– Chia Seeds: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium
– Coconut Water: improves digestion and metabolism, supports immune system
WARMING UP – My advise about warming up is simply to DO IT before any strenuous workout. I know this and of course, I still decided to jump into a workout over the weekend without warming up even a little. My body was cooler than the other side of the pillow and I just got right at it. I was doing a HIIT workout and right around burpee #8, I felt my hip tweak, and down I went. I’ve mentioned my history with lower back and hip injuries, so I knew right away my workout for the day (and the rest of the weekend) was over. As I type this a couple of days later, I’m still convalescing. Warm ups are simple, yet effective ways to get your body ready for more rigorous activity. Weather it’s 50-100 jumping jacks, running in place or shadow boxing for 5-10 minutes, make sure you get a little something in before getting into a heavy weight training session or bootcamp or HIIT workout. Injuries suck, so do what you can to avoid them.
I often use mini workouts like the one below as a warm up. Do each exercise for 30 seconds, resting 15 seconds in between exercises.