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A smoothie is a brilliant breakfast idea. When we tried this Recovery smoothie recipe, it literally tasted like holiday dessert. The chia seeds have high levels of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, protein and ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Bananas and dates contain fast-digesting carbohydrates, which are key to replenish carbohydrate stores for post-workout recovery. High quality protein found in milk is necessary for recovery to aid in muscle repair and decrease soreness.
RECIPE: Power Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Yields 1 smoothie
½ Cup pumpkin puree
½ Banana (freeze banana in chunks before using)
1 Cup milk (or unsweetened milk substitute, preferably soy)
2 Pitted medjool dates
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
¼ Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 Tablespoons walnuts, chopped fine
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until