With the summer Olympics approaching (is it time yet?!), we've got some seriously amazing athletes on our minds and our radar. (Check out these 2016 Rio Hopefuls You Need to Start Following on Instagram). These inspiring professionals make us want to push harder in our workouts and think smarter at the grocery store—you don't have to be an Olympian to know that a healthy, strong body is built in both the gym and the kitchen. (Want proof? Check out The Best and Worst Foods for Flat Abs.)
And if anyone knows a thing or two about recovering from strenuous workouts, it's 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin. The awe-inspiring swimmer (who's hoping to represent Team USA again on August 5 in Rio) shares her recipe for a delicious almond milk smoothie with dark cherries, banana, almond butter, and chia seeds. It will refuel your body and help hard-working muscles recover. Even better: It's insanely simple to make!
Coughlin is no stranger to the kitchen, either. She's also shared her recipe for Gluten-Free Homemade, Dried Plum, Almond, and Orange Zest Bars, and says she even grows her own kale! All this only further proves why she's among the 15 Female Olympic Athletes We Love. Try her smoothie recipe yourself—no gold medal required.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1 cup dark cherries, frozen
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Looking for even more ways to refuel like the pros? Here are five more recipes that will have you eating like an Olympian.