I formulated this luscious smoothie for a specific reason: I’ve been healing from a chronic arm/shoulder injury for several years and am finally building back strength (woo hoo!) and becoming more active in physical therapy. Aware that an injury could set me back, I’m careful to support my tissues with the nutrients they need to recover. Research has shown that cherries reduce post-exercise fatigue, and that collagen prevents sports injury—a winning combination. Flavonoids from cherries support cross-linking of collagen fibers (what all our connective tissue is made of!). Protein, plant-based omega 3’s, and other healthy fats help reduce post-workout inflammation and restore depleted energy reserves.
I’m not usually a sweet breakfast kind of gal—so often I save my fruit smoothies for snacks, and get down to veggies and lean protein in the morning (see the Turkey-Sage Breakfast Patties at www.farmacopia.net/recipes, if you’re with me on this).
When I don’t have the time or desire to cook veggies in the morning, I fill my trusty Vitamix with them instead. By pureeing them, I’m getting ample fiber and making raw veggies more digestible for my system. Here’s my favorite green blend.