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SUMMER SMOOTHIE BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Summer time is known for hot afternoons, long days at the beach, and simply just enjoying all the Lowcountry has to offer. You may find you are more active, outdoors more often, and burning off a few more calories during these sizzling summer months. A perfect complement to a long summer afternoon is a smoothie with a little kick! When you think of a smoothie you may think of a traditional easy fruit mixture, or a health conscience green blend. While are both are great on their own, a combination of the two packs a well rounded nutritional punch. Adding in some non-traditional spices can take your smoothie from good to great. Every tiny bit of punch benefits both your digestion and your metabolism.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Ginger – This tasty root has immediate benefits to your digestive system. While it is commonly used to treat nausea, sea sickness, and morning sickness, ginger can also aid in muscle soreness and recovery. Regular intake of ginger also may aid in stabilizing blood sugars. Try it in this exotic mixture.

Green Ginger Zinger • 2 handfuls of kale or baby spinach • 1 cup frozen mango cubes • ½ cup frozen peaches (optional, depending on how sweet you want to go) • 1 tbsp minced ginger • Water and ice to taste

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Cayenne – This spicy red pepper is a natural anti-inflammatory and metabolic booster. While it doesn’t aid in long term fat loss, it can increase your metabolism short term by raising your body temperature. It is also packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. Try it in this high energy blend.

Nutmeg – While you may typically crave this warm spice in the winter months, adding it to your fruit smoothie will make you feel like you are enjoying a savory dessert rather than a healthy meal option. Nutmeg has natural detoxifying qualities, it also improves circulation and can aid in giving your skin a youthful glow. This smoothie is a perfect breakfast that is equal parts decadent and filling.

Mexican Mocha • 2 ounces of baby spinach or kale • ½ banana • ½ tsp coffee • 1 cup water • ½ cucumber, chopped • 1 tbsp cocao powder or chocolate protein powder • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • 1 cup ice • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Blueberry Cobbler Blend • 1/8 cup rolled oats • 1 tsp ground flaxseed • 1 cup frozen blueberries • ½ cup almond milk • ¼ cup of greek yogurt • ½ tsp nutmeg • ½ tsp cinnamon • Water and ice to taste • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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As with any smoothie recipe, you have complete freedom to make it your own. If you can tolerate a lot of spice, then feel welcome to turn up the heat. If you aren’t so sure about it, start with a smaller amount and work up to something you can tolerate. Along with that, you can add a handful of baby spinach to almost any smoothie recipe. It doesn’t change the taste or texture, but you still get the nutritional benefits of having some greens in there. Christy Baroni is a Nutrition Specialist, CrossFit L1 Trainer, and a certified Personal Trainer. She is a military spouse, a mother of two, and is dedicated to helping people cultivate the daily habits to build the body and life of their dreams. For more healthy living ideas or to create your own fitness and nutrition plan contact her today at 843-290-5803 or Christy@ThriveFitnessAndNutrition.com.

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