With immune-boosting vitamin C, fueling fiber, and 10 grams of protein, this smoothie will make you feel like a winner.

By Alyssa Sparacino
Photo: Natalie Rizzo

Thanks to long days of training that turn into longer nights (and early alarms the next day to do it all over again), the professional badass female athletes entering the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang know just how important proper recovery is to success. That's where fitness nutrition and, more specifically, pre- and post-workout food come in.

Smoothies are a tried-and-true way to refuel your body with the carbs and protein it needs to recover after a tough workout, and luckily you don't need to be an Olympian to reap those rewards. Even as a mere mortal (aka weekend warrior and everyday athlete), you can eat like your favorite skiers, skaters, and bobsledders with this orange and mango smoothie recipe created by registered dietitian Natalie Rizzo.

Crafted with winter-weather training in mind, this citrusy blend is loaded with vitamin C, making it great for fighting off a runny nose from all those morning runs and germy gym sessions. In fact, intense training can actually hamper your immune system, so whether you're gearing up for the games or just getting ready for a HIIT class, you're going to want that mango (60mg of vitamin C) and orange (about 50mg), says Rizzo.

What's more, you'll gulp down 12 grams of protein (essential for muscle recovery so you can get back out on the training room floor faster) mostly from the hemp seeds and Greek yogurt. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk also adds a touch of sweetness to the refreshing, tropical flavors without any added sugar.

Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe Made with Almond Milk

Makes 1 12-ounce smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of an unsweetened nut milk (such as Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk)
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 small mandarin orange, peeled (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon agave or honey

Directions

  1. Add almond milk, mango, orange, yogurt, hemp seeds, oats, and agave to a blender. Blend until smooth.
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