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3 Refreshingly Delicious Smoothie Recipes
Wellness
Published Monday Oct 23, 2017 by Heather Meister Dremak

3 Refreshingly Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Drink
Nutrition
Recipes

Is your smoothie game a little lackluster? Looking to spice that blender beverage up a bit? You’re in luck—we’ve broken down a few of our favorite go-to smoothie recipes. Start your day off right with one of these cool morning smoothie drinks.

1. Always A-Peeling Smoothie

If green smoothies aren’t your thing, this easy-to-make icy treat is the perfect fit for you. Packed with potassium, fiber and protein, Bon Appetit calls this drink “Monkey on a Date” (and we think you’ll go bananas for it).

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or nut milk, coconut milk, etc.)
  • 2-3 Medjool dates (don’t forget to remove the pits!)
  • 2 tablespoons of your preferred nut butter
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Mix all ingredients in together in a blender and enjoy.

2. Matcha Mojo Smoothie

Matcha madness is in full effect, and we’re seeing shades of green everywhere. This smoothie taps into the trend and can replace your cup of joe. Made with green tea, the easily obtainable matcha powder can provide you with the get-up-and-go you need to make the most of your day.

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of matcha powder

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Watch this video for added tips and guidance.

3. Time To Get Tropi-Cool Smoothie

Craving a vacation? Find paradise with this refreshing smoothie. Featuring citrus flavors—as well as a fun orange color—this drink will instantly transport you to a faraway place. As for benefits, research has shown that turmeric can boost immunity, which will help keep you on the move all day long.

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 blood orange or navel orange, peeled and white pith removed
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon shelled raw hemp seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Mix all ingredients in together in a blender, adding ice last. Optional: Add a paper umbrella, close your eyes and picture your toes in the sand!

Heather Meister Dremak
Written by
Heather Meister Dremak
Consumer Product Program Manager
About the author
Heather is an outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur at heart. Originally from the East Coast, Heather is most at home in nature—camping amongst tall trees and hiking misty mountain tops.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!