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Often we reach for coffee, sports drinks, or even (yuck) energy drinks to help us make it to that after-work HIIT training class. But before you gulp down a sugary or heart-racing formula, try a more natural option: a beet-infused, homemade juice. Madeleine Murphy, the co-founder of Montauk Juice Factory (a chic Hamptons juice shop in New York), whipped up this zesty concoction. It will ensure you get through even the toughest cardio or strength classes and still have enough fuel left for evening cocktails with your crew (Madeleine notes that it's also a great preparty drink). It's not magic — just a savvy way to combine ingredients to increase blood flow and deliver a crazy amount of sustainable energy. Plus, the spicy kick of jalapeño provides a powerful metabolism boost! So lace up your sneakers, plug in your blender, and keep reading!
•Beet: Thanks to its excellent source of nitrates, this root vegetable is an athlete's best friend. Nitrates help muscles use oxygen more efficiently, increase blood flow through the body, and improve endurance and stamina. The overall result? Your body responds better to exercise.
•Cucumber: This naturally hydrating veggie is rich in vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant) and vitamin K. Since it is very high in water, it also helps flush out toxins.
•Pineapple: The enzyme bromelain makes pineapple a natural inflammation fighter. Bromelain helps prevent muscle soreness and sports-related injuries. It also contains high concentrations of the all-important but often under-consumed manganese, a mineral that is beneficial for blood sugar control.
•Parsnip: Insiders consider this root to be the unsung hero of the juicing world. First, it's great for your skin due to a rich content of folic acid, potassium, and vitamin C. Parsnip has also been associated with improving lung function and is beneficial to those who are trying to improve their cardiovascular stamina.
•Jalapeño: These hot little guys are packed with vitamin C and aid in healthy tissue repair, boost your immunity, and fight the effects of aging. Bonus: they are chock-full of the phytochemical capsaicin, which has been known to seriously rev your fat-burning potential by increasing your metabolism.
The tart goat cheese dressing and crisp fennel elevate this simple tossed salad.
by Eric Rupert from Fine Cooking
This smoothie is packed full of foods that promote health and will give you a great boost in the morning or after a workout! The flax seeds and chia seeds carry huge nutrient payloads; both containing fiber, healthy fats and omega 3’s! And along with the other healthful ingredients in this shake, this is just what the doctor ordered!
This Skinny Cherry Pie Smoothie is perfect for a quick breakfast or easy mid-day snack.
This Green Monster is great for getting your healthy eating back on track after a series of indulgences. It sets your day on the right tone and instantly makes you feel ah-mazing. For the banana haters out there, you’ll be pleased to know that this one is banana-free. As with any smoothie, feel free to play around with the ingredients to suit your own taste buds. You might like more or less lemon, ginger, apple, etc.
Turning cauliflower into something it's not.
Prepare these patties for dinner, then have leftovers on hand for a quick lunch option throughout the week. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
Cabbage, peanuts and crispy tofu make this salad a textured delight- and a protein powerhouse.
A traditional Greek dip and gyro condiment, this tzatziki recipe also makes a tasty topping for sandwiches and even hamburgers. Serve with pita wedges or crudités.
This recipe was created by Caroline Yoder, of The Broccoli Hut, for Peanut Butter & Co.
Created for the Dining on a Dollar contest. At first this was inspired by Senegalese peanut soup which has Asian influences but it evolved more into a South African curry with the addition of dried fruit which is optional if you don't like fruit in your curry. This turned out very flavorful and filling. The peanut butter is an undertone and not overpowering. It's packed full of good fats, fiber and protein.
Simple, smooth and delish!
Brighten up those dreary winter days with this colorful salad that features flavorful persimmons and tangy blue cheese. Persimmons are a great source of vitamin A, and their red pigment, lycopene, is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent heart disease. Walnuts add a tasty crunch—not to mention heart-healthy omega-3s. Pomegranate seeds provide an antioxidant boost.