This smoothie packs a powerful punch of nutrition that is ideal for a quick recovery drink or breakfast. Keep it in a cooler to enjoy right after a workout. What are the benefits in this drink? Oranges contain vitamin C, which helps decrease inflammation. Lucuma powder, which has a smooth and creamy flavor, helps in healing, tissue regeneration, skin aging and inflammation reduction (can be purchased at health food stores). Marrying orange and vanilla gives this smoothie a tasty balance of flavors. Chia seeds add protein, fiber and Omega 3’s.
8 oz milk or milk substitute
4 oz orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
1 tsp orange zest (grate rind of orange with grater or microplane)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lucuma powder (can be purchased at health food stores)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (one recommendation is Vega Vanilla Recovery Protein Powder)
6 ice cubes
Pinch of sea salt
2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy.