While training for the Colombian National Team I decided to take up a stricter workout and nutrition lifestyle. This was an opportunity for me to take a once in a life time opportunity – to compete for Colombia in their first ever Women’s World Cup appearance. I wanted to make sure I made the most of it with my lifestyle habits.
After the incredible tournament, I continued many of my habits, but the most consistent piece I hung on to, was my morning smoothies. Every morning I wake up with a smoothie – what a way to start off the day energized!
I prefer a tarter smoothie so I use a base of orange juice and then all things frozen – this way I don’t have to use any ice and dilute it and I wake up my taste buds first thing.
- 1 ¼ cup Orange juice
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt
- Pinch of flaxseeds
- Handful of spinach
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 full frozen banana
Regardless of what you choose to put in your smoothie, the order is important. Be sure to put your liquids in first followed by and leafy greens and finish with your heaviest stuff last – the frozen stuff.
If you’re anything like me, I run out of ingredients all the time. There is so much you can substitute when you are a couple days late to the grocery store. You can put almost anything in a smoothie depending on what is your preference. On occasion I’ll pop some almonds, peanut butter, or protein powder for a protein boost. The final piece is your smoothie cup. I am always on the go, especially during the coaching season. Everyday I use the same trusty smoothie cup. SKOL Vikes.
Pro Tip: Prep your ingredients to make for an even quicker morning meal. I value every minute in the morning so depending on the quality of your blender, you can really cut time. Prep your frozen quantities in their own ziplock baggie.
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