Maintaining a well balanced diet centered is crucial for getting the results you’re looking for from Pure Barre. Being strategic about what you eat immediately before and after class can optimize those results. This smoothie is the ultimate Pure Barre fuel, packed with foods that make the most out of your LTB time.
You might be surprised to learn chocolate is beneficial before workouts, as it can help boost muscle endurance. Cocoa powder, like in this smoothie, is best. It is made from only the ground cocoa beans without added sugar or milkfat. Both raspberries and tart cherry juice contain anti-inflammatory anthocyanins. which help reduce post-workout muscle soreness. Maca powder, which can be found at most health food stores, is made from the dried root of a South American plant and has been used for energy for centuries. The avocado provides healthy fats, which are an important source of fuel in moderate-intensity, extended exercise.
To save time and make a post-workout protein smoothie at the same time, double up the liquids and raspberries in this recipe. Drink half before then after class, add a scoop of plant based protein powder and give it a good shake.
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- ½ small avocado
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup tart cherry juice
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.
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Rachael Hartley is a Columbia, SC based private practice dietitian and food & wellness blogger at Avocado A Day Nutrition. She helps men and women lose weight and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing with a whole foods based approach to nutrition. She is available for nutrition coaching and meal planning throughout the US via telephone and Skype.
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