When the right ingredients are sent for a ride in a blender, what can transpire is a drink with the goods necessary to help an active body recover better and reach peak health. And whether you need breakfast, post-workout nutrition or a mid-day snack in the fast lane, a smoothie can be there when you need it most. But too often athletes fall into a smoothie rut by whirling together the same ingredients over and over again; a scenario that can lead to smoothie burnout and putting your blender on ice. Try blending up these unusual ingredients to take your smoothies up a gastronomic notch.
Tool of the Trade
If you’re going to regularly make smoothies, consider investing in a mighty machine that can blend them up (and much more!) with vigor for years to come. No, we aren’t talking about that Oster you picked up from a tag sale at the end of a driveway. You want a blender with serious horsepower such as the Vitamix Professional Series 750 ($599, Vitamix.com). With a crazy powerful motor and pre-programmed settings, it can make quick work of your smoothies, soups, creamy desserts and even DIY nut butters. A splurge never tasted so good.