As athletes, fueling your body with lots of healthy nutrients is essential to reach peak performance levels. Part of any well rounded diet includes eating lots of natural whole foods, but the reality is most people do not consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies are one of the best and easiest ways to boost your fruit and vegetable intake. Studies have shown that when smoothies were introduced at school breakfasts, fruit consumption jumped from only 4% to an incredible 45%!
Unlike energy drinks, smoothies provide you real energy and nutrition from whole food sources. Natural smoothie ingredients will provide you strength and power without the worry of an energy crash later; this is crucial for sport performance.
If there is one thing I know about professional tennis players, it’s that they LOVE their green smoothies and juices! Kevin sometimes makes three smoothies a day (one of my nicknames for him is “the smoothie king”).
In fact, the healthy green smoothie craze is so prevalent on tour, that a lot of tournaments have taken to installing smoothie bars in the player restaurants. Often, you can order from a menu, or even make your own healthy concoction. Over the years we have experimented and tried a lot of different combinations.
With all the buzz surrounding the Olympics at the moment, we are excited to present our podium of the best green goodness smoothies! These drinks not only taste great, but are jam packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy nutrients. To put it simply, these are the best of the the best in our opinion – so good that they are “medal worthy”!
The reason green smoothies in particular are so great for anyone playing sports is that spinach and kale are some of the best sources of potassium and magnesium, which are incredibly important electrolytes for human health and athletic performance. They are also great sources of calcium, iron and many vitamins.
As long as you can get past the green color, these nutritional powerhouse drinks pack a punch containing everything from proteins and healthy fats, to vitamins and antioxidants. I have included footnotes describing the benefits of some of the lesser known ingredients as well. Enjoy!
 Lemon juice is full of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also serves an important function in that it helps maintain an alkaline PH in the body which is thought to ward off cancer and other diseases.
 Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. With respect to fiber and protein, they are one of the most dense seeds you can consume, which is also linked to their ability to promote weight loss.