Who personally knows me, has the knowledge that I love workout. So, for me to spend hours training I need some energy drinks and amino acids. I was drinking all kinda pre-workouts and coffee everyday for couple years, resulting now that I get heartburns once in a while. For this reason I have a love/hate with caffeine. But, I do need to have a pre-workout drink for to boost energy so I can have a good training session.
Looking for alternatives to avoid the pain in my stomach I started to prepare my own energy smoothies. I don’t drink everyday, but once in a while I prepare this one below.
I will share the recipe to you guys.
What you will need:
Apple, carrots, lemon,turmeric,golden beets, ginger. I didn’t used any measurements I just add to my blender and drink it up. You can also add ice cubes and honey.
Why those ingredients?
I will point some of the reasons I chose them.
The natural sugars in apples are good for more than just their sweet taste. They also provide a natural energy boost. Apples are often noted for their rich antioxidant content. As it turns out, the fact that apples contain antioxidants actually makes them one of the more heart-healthy fruits. One of the antioxidants found in Apple is Quercetin,a plant-based chemical used in energy drinks. I’m literally eating a red apple right now.
Carrots are a rich source of Betacarotene a powerful antioxidant, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into vitamin A in the body to help maintain health skin. Also, increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion.
The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture.Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of the skin.
The mainly reason I add it on my smoothie is because of the Curcumin which is the main bioactive compound in the turmeric root. Studies has been showing that Curcumin boost the Serotonin levels. Serotonin is your “happiness molecule” that is critical for keeping up a positive mood. Turmeric has some many benefits that would be a long post talking about. You can read more clicking at Nutri Inspector.
I chose golden instead of red because of the taste, the red beet has strong taste. Research shows that drinking beetroot juice prior to engaging in an intense workout routine can help improve endurance and extend workout time. Because of its nitrates content, beetroot improves blood flow and lowers high blood pressure .This, in turn, alters the exerciser’s perception of the effort felt during and after a workout routine, allowing for improved exercise performance.
The roots expands blood vessels, increasing body heat, which burns fat 20% more quickly then if you hadn’t consumed it. It can be found in teas, or you can buy it fresh, at a local health food store. Ginger also detoxifies your body and stimulates circulation. Also,increases brain level of important Neurotransmitters chemicals used by brain cells to communicate with each other.They control your ability to focus, concentrate, and remember, and regulate mood.Thats why Ginger is used for so many yeas as a brain supplement.Ginger increases levels of these important brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine is considered the “motivation molecule” that helps you get focused and be productive.
The best part is that I still feel the pump and doesn’t feel the heartburn.
What you guys drink before workout, work or just for to make you awake?
Let me know you if you want to try or tried this recipe commenting below. Also, if this recipe reminds of someone, please feel free to share.