Here’s a delicious recipe that Ligia loves to make for us: a strawberry-banana shake:
I got a really good question about my Wonder Smoothie recipe this morning, one that made me wish I would have included the info right in the original post. The question was:
“I was wondering if you would do a breakdown of your post-workout shake (reason for specific ingredients, e.g. baobab, alkaline water, methylsulfonylmethane, suma root etc.)”
To that effect, here are the main reasons I put each of those ingredients into the mix:
- Chlorella/Spirulina: detox and protein
- Mesquite: vitamins, minerals and lysine
- Gynostemma: strength, endurance, digestion
- Baobab: antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
- Suma Root: muscle building, endurance and healing
- Triphala: digestion and cardiovascular functioning
- Rose Hip: antioxidant
- MSM: joint health
- Coconut Butter: healthy fats, metabolism booster
- Hemp Seeds: healthy fats, bioavailable protein
- Sesame Seeds: minerals
- Alkaline Water: detox and recovery
- Raw Honey: immunity, healthy sweetener
- Raw Protein: high quality bioavailable protein from plant sources such as brown rice, pea, hemp, amaranth, quinoa and more
As you can see, my Wonder Smoothie is packed full of goodness to nourish the body, help it heal after workouts and support its growth.
I have to tell though, if you don’t get the recipe right, it’s going to taste awful. So play with the recipe until you get it to the point where you can drink this and then always make it the same way.
Drink the smoothie right away after making it — this isn’t one of those drinks that keeps for hours. It spoils after a half hour. And don’t drink it too often, otherwise you’ll tire of its taste and won’t want it anymore. Once or twice a week is enough.
Here’s to your health and continued growth!
Those of you who’ve only followed my website for a few years or less may not know it from the current content, but the very first set of articles I wrote online were about exercise and bodybuilding, back in 2001. Go ahead, browse through my archives to see what I mean.
Given that I’ve started bodybuilding once more in recent months, it’s only fitting I write about it again, this time to share my Wonder Smoothie recipe. It’s what I use to recover from my workouts and build muscle. The best part of this smoothie is that it uses raw food ingredients, so anyone can drink it, whether they’re raw foodists like me, or vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters.
That’s right, you may not think raw food and bodybuilding go together but they do. Since I’ve started bodybuilding again, I’ve been amazed with my progress and ability to put on lean muscle in just a few months, while on a 60-80% raw food diet (and some cooked vegan food). I’m going to share my special list of superfoods and ingredients with you below, and I hope my Wonder Smoothie will benefit you as much as it has benefitted me.
- Chlorella: 1 tsp
- Spirulina: 1 tsp
- Mesquite: 1 tsp
- Gynostemma: 1/2 tsp
- Baobab: 1/2 tsp
- Suma Root: 1/2 tsp
- Triphala: 1/2 tsp
- Rose Hip: 1/2 tsp
- Methylsulfonylmethane: 1/2 tsp
- Coconut Butter: 1 tsp
- Hemp Seeds: 1-2 tbsp
- Sesame Seeds: 2-3 tbsp
- Alkaline Water: as needed
- Raw Honey: as needed
- Raw Protein: 11/2-2 scoops
The instructions are simple: blend the sesame and hemp seeds with water and honey first to get the raw milk. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and blend the whole thing again to a typical smoothie texture.
And here’s what I look like these days…