Energy Drink recipe

I use this recipe most of the time and rotate fairly often. It gives me tons of energy and I can’t really drink it at night or I end up tossing and turning in bed. I’ve found that drinking this works best for me in the morning and I’m alert and focused with the core of the recipe.

Morning to afternoon energy drink:

Base: 6-8 stalks of dino kale, 4-6 carrots, 1-2 inches of ginger, 1/2 cucumber, 1 green apple, 1-2 handfuls of spinach

Optional: 1/4 bunch parsely, 1/2 bell pepper, 1/2 medium beet (optional), 1 tsp probiotic

Yield: ~32-40oz – good from morning to afternoon

Add citrus juice right before you drink, lemon, orange, limes, etc. I don’t juice with the citrus to keep the potency high.

Substitute “Optional” with your veggie of choice depending on the mineral/vitamin content you’re going for. I usually rotate the optional part with other veggies, like fennel, bok choi, broccoli, red cabbage, and anything else interesting at the market.

Note: If I’m going for a cleanse, I’ll add more citrus (lemon/lime).. If I’m going for general nutrition, I’ll add more color variation, etc… There are tons of veggies that help specific areas of the body…

When I don’t like the taste, I’ll precut a mango or some other soft fleshy fruit, and have it ready for after I drink the juice ..

Peanut butter chocolate banana almond recovery milkshake

After a fairly hard day of training, this is the recipe I came up with for a recovery drink based on the typical chocolate banana recipe. Tasty and good for you.

Post workout blend:
Peanut butter chocolate banana almond milkshake.

1 packet myoplex original, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 tbsp almond + cocao bean powder (home made), 1.5 cups almond milk (home made), and 1 banana. It’s actually a pretty tasty recovery shake.

Almond milk recipe: 1 cup soaked almonds, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 16 raw cocoa beans Blend, strain in a cheese cloth, save the grounds for the shake or baking, dehydrate for almond flour/meal, and use the milk for whatever else (smoothies, shakes, fiber supplement, etc.) Yield ~ 4 cups.

Optional: Add 1/4-1/2 cup of dates for sweetness instead of cocoa beans if you want a sweeter milk. Taste the dates to check sweetness first.

Don’t use cocoa if you want plain almond milk, I use it in my shakes, it makes the almond milk a little bitter. I use cocoa beans because of the good fat content and antioxidants helps recover faster.

Blending vs. Juicing

Personally I like a mix of blending and juicing… I like the juicing cause I can squeeze 3 lbs of veggies into 36 oz of liquid. Eating 3 lbs of veggies is not very feasible.

My workouts require a lot of refueling hence the heavy concentration. I dig the blending on my off days, or early meals, where I can just blend 6 cups of veggies w. a little fruit and drink it. Since I have to add water, I get added hydration with the fiber and the micro nutrients from peels and make my stomach work and fill it… Otherwise, I’m constantly hungry with just juicing which sucks so bad. With a blender, I can make protein drinks/mrp’s/recovery/etc and add some fruits to the mix to make it taste better. Blending protein shakes makes for a much better protein shake than a shaker.

For the program I’m on, I require both since I don’t juice to detox and more for faster recovery. I barely use any fruits in the juicer since I try to minimize the fructose/sugar. (when I race, I carry blox which is fructose and gives me a bigger energy boost because I limit the amount of sugar leading up to an event) I’m trying to train my body to absorb nutrients quickly and after awhile of juicing primarily I noticed much more sensitivity to spices, sugar, salt, etc. to regular food. This is the same with blending. I’ve noticed though, I recover faster with juicing w. some type of protein.

I just recently picked up a Blendtec Wildside + 4 side for $399 from Costco, cheapest place I’ve found, and its a good compliment to the Omega 8006. Ultimately, one could get away with just a blender, but if you need the high vitamin concentration or detoxing a juicer is a must have. Detoxing is not the main purpose of the juicer for me, though it might be for many people. Since I’ve added many veggies to my diet, I feel like the fiber is wasted and could be better utilized by the body for one or two meals a day. My main mantra behind juicing, soft fleshy veggies (cucumber) and fruits, blend. Leafy or overly fiberous veggies like (kale, chard, celery), juice and maybe throw some in a smoothie.

Blenders and Juicers compliment each other more than replacing each other and if you can afford it get both. If starting off with a first purchase, I’d say start off with the blender since you can make juice with the blender with the added step of straining if you wanted to. The blender is more versatile while the juicer has a very specific purpose. The juicer is more wasteful but has a purpose. Let’s say a juicer is 80% efficient and blending is 100% because you capture fiber and all. You can consume 2 lbs. of food at 80% efficiency vs. barely taking 1 lb. of smoothie at 100%. You can double the amount of veggies and have less liquid to consume. If you’re making smoothies often, then it doesn’t matter, but if you want it all at once, a juicer is better. If you want options, get both.

My overall goal is to maintain muscle mass maybe even gain some fast twitch muscle, while still losing weight, hence the balance between juicing and blending. Juicing alone makes me weak strength wise but when supplemented with blending protein drinks, I get a more balanced nutrition profile with the energy I need. btw. I don’t blend natural protein like chicken, fish, beef, or pork. just veggies cause I get tired of chewing.

Conclusion: Juicing vs. Blending – I think they serve different purposes and depending on what you can maintain and handle in terms of flavor tolerance, your decision should based on your preference. Juicers produce a very thin concentrated liquid where blending has less intense flavor per oz. and is thicker and more filling. Ultimately, we all need fiber so I’d start off with the blender and work up to a juicer. The very first step though is to make a commitment to add more vegetables and fruit to your diet period.