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SPORTS SPECIALS SUPER HEALTHY SMOOTHIES Banana-Walnut Bliss Get energized for a workout with this banana smoothie. According to research published in the online scientific journal PLoS One, consuming a banana during a workout is as beneficial as a sports drink. Plus, bananas provide antioxidants, potassium and other nutritional benefits.     

2 cups (500 ml) skimmed milk 1 large banana 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey 1/4 tsp (1 ml) vanilla extract Handful walnut pieces (or 7 halves) Kiwi 'n Kale Smoothie Get energized with some protein-packed green power! Combining veggies and fruit in a milk smoothie is a sweet way to do it. Kale is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K; calcium; and iron.     

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1/2 cups (375 ml) skimmed milk cups (500 ml) kale stems and leaves kiwi fruit, peeled tbsp (15 ml) smooth unsalted peanut butter tsp (5 ml) agave nectar, honey or maple syrup

C-Blast Smoothie Pink grapefruit, pineapple and strawberries are super-high in vitamin C—a disease-fighting antioxidant. If you tend to have low iron levels, it's good to know that vitamin C helps with absorption of this mineral. So power up your morning with this delicious smoothie. Yum!

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1 large pink grapefruit, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 1/2 cup (125 ml) crushed pineapple, canned or fresh 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh or frozen strawberries (if using fresh, add 1/4 cup [60 ml] ice for extra froth) 1/2 cup (125 ml) non-fat Greek yogurt

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