4 Juice and Smoothie Recipes for Fitness Fanatics

08/21/2014 at 02:40 PM ET

4 Juice and Smoothie Recipes for Fitness Fanatics
Courtesy Tina Haupert

These smoothie recipes include nutritious ingredients like blueberries, watermelon, and cherries which may help fight inflammation and promote repair inside the body, which is especially important for overcoming soreness and getting out the door for your next workout. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Blast
Blast off with this antioxidant-rich smoothie that will give you an energy boost right from your very first sip. Not only will blueberries and pomegranate juice tantalize your taste buds, they also may help fight inflammation and improve muscle recovery, respectively.

1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup yogurt
½ cup almond milk
¼ cup pomegranate juice
2 tsp. honey (or agave nectar)

Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

Try this: For a refreshingly sweet smoothie, add 8-10 fresh mint leaves before blending.

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Watermelon-Cantaloupe Cooler
In the middle of a hot, humid summer, you will love this simple, refreshing juice. In addition, the high water content of the watermelon will help you re-hydrate after your workout and a compound found in watermelon may help reduce muscle soreness.

1 cup watermelon, cut into chunks
½ cup cantaloupe, cut into chunks
½ cucumber
Juice of ¼ lemon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a juicer. Pour juice into a glass over ice and drink immediately.

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Pineapple Zinger Smoothie (vegan friendly)
Citrus and ginger are a winning combination in this smoothie. From the first sip, you’ll feel more awake and energized. The iron in the spinach also gives your body a little boost and a compound in pineapple called bromelain may help you bounce back from injuries like tendinitis and sprains by reducing inflammation.

1 cup frozen chunked pineapple
½ cup frozen chopped spinach
¾ cup orange juice
¾ cup almond milk
1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger

Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

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Cherry-Vanilla Smoothie
Sweet and creamy, you’ll love enjoying cherries this way. A serving of yogurt adds creaminess and flavor along with some healthy fats and protein to keep you satisfied. Tart cherries may have anti-inflammatory powers and can help reduce post-workout soreness.

1 cup frozen cherries (without pits)
6 ounces yogurt (preferably vanilla-flavored)
½ cup vanilla almond milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract

Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

Try this: For an even thicker and more satisfying smoothie, add 1/4 cup of rolled oats along with an additional 1/2 cup of almond milk before blending.

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Anonymous on

These are all fruit/sugar. Add more greens!

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