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Kid’s Organic Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 organic banana cut in chunks
1 cup organic grapes
1 (6 oz) tub organic vanilla yogurt
½ organic apple, cored and chopped
1 ½ cups fresh organic spinach leaves

Instructions:
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Organic Mandarin Orange Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup boiling Water
4 Organic Green Tea with Mandarin Orange Flavor Tea Bags
1/2 teaspoon organic honey or organic agave nectar
1 ripe organic banana
1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

Plate the organic tea bags in the boiling water and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out any remaining tea. Add organic honey or organic agave nectar and stir to dissolve. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill about 30 minutes. Place the chilled tea in a blender. Add the organic banana and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serves 2

Bodybuilding.com 2009 Supplement Awards

Bodybuilding.com announced its 2009 Supplement Award Winners. It’s the fifth year in a row that Bodybuilding.com has announced these yearly awards. All nominations were based on sales, and since customers’ opinions are what truly count, Bodybuilding.com lets the general public provide 100% of the final vote.

Here are the winners:

-Supplement of the Year – Optimum 100% Whey Protein (5th year in a row!)

-New Supplement of the Year – MRI Black Powder

-Muscle Builder of the Year – BSN NO-Xplode (5th year in a row!)

-Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year – BSN NO-Xplode

-Intra-Workout Supplement of the Year – MuscleTech IntraVol

-Recovery Supplement of the Year – Scivation Xtend

-Protein Powder of the Year – Optimum 100% Whey Protein (5th year in a row!)

-Protein Bar of the Year – Supreme Protein Carb Conscious Bar

-Energy Supplement of the Year – VPX Meltdown

-Energy Drink of the Year – VPX RedLine RTD

-Fat Loss Supplement of the Year – Nutrex Lipo 6x

-Weight Gainer of the Year – BSN True Mass (3rd year in a row!)

-Nitric Oxide Supplement of the Year – BSN NO-Xplode (5th year in a row!)

-Creatine Supplement of the Year – BSN CellMass (5th year in a row!)

-Glutamine Supplement of the Year – MHP Glutamine-SR

-Multivitamin of the Year – Universal Nutrition Animal Pak (5th year in a row!)

-Joint Health Supplement of the Year – Universal Nutrition Animal Flex (4th year in a row!)

-RTD of the Year – CytoSport Muscle Milk RTD (2nd year in a row!)

-Tanning Product of the Year – Dream Tan

Post Workout Recovery

One of the questions that comes up consistently from athletes and very active people is what is best for refueling following a workout.

There are two keys to successful refueling. The first one is timing and the second is what you consume.

As far as timing is concerned, within 30 minutes of your workout, you should be consuming a recovery drink. Within 2 hours of your workout, you will want to consume a well-balanced meal and/or drink.

The ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and electrolytes are crucial to optimizing your body’s need for these ingredients as well as its ability to absorb and utilize them. What do you drink within 30 minutes of completing your workout? A drink consisting of a carbs to protein ratio of 4:1, added electrolytes including potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium and low in fat. You can get a commercial preparation or you can make your own. Endurox is an example of a commercial preparation.

An example of a post recovery drink is:
Perfect Empowered Drinking Water (oxygen and electrolytes are included)
Primorye (adaptogens are great for muscle recovery)
Organic orange juice
Organic Lemonade
A pinch of organic sea salt
A bit of protein powder

if you don’t use Perfect Empowered Drinking Water, then I would suggest water and an electrolyte powder instead. Some examples are Ultima, Refresh and Elete.

A great resource we recommend is the book Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by triathlete Brendan Brazier.

As far as your post-workout meal, it should include carbs, more protein, healthy fats (especially Omega-3s) and fiber. The reason we mention drink as an option is that a smoothie is a good post workout drink. Include a healthy protein powder like Vega, organic bananas, organic berries, Primorye, Lifeshots, organic flax oil, organic non-fat yogurt and organic orange juice (or other juice of your choice). You can play around with this recipe according to your taste preferences.

Also, make sure you continually drink plenty of water and include electrolytes during the day as well. Perfect Empowered Drinking Water is great because the electrolytes are already included in the water itself, not to mention added oxygen. Make sure you stay well hydrated and don’t overtrain.

Organic Cinnamon Stick Hot Cocoa

1/3 cup organic chocolate chips
4 cups organic skim milk
1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
1 tablespoon organic sugar
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
4 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Place organic chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour organic milk into pan. Add organic cocoa powder, organic sugar and organic cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until chocolate chips have completely melted and cocoa has completely dissolved. Pour into warm mugs. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug.

Number of Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 mug

A perfect drink for a cold winter’s night.

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