If you’re into eating clean, nutritious foods – which you probably are since you’re savvy enough to sign up for Green Blender – there’s a good chance you also like to work on your fitness. Movement and exercise, along with eating foods that fuel your athletic endeavors, is the magic formula for keeping your body in tip top shape and functioning at its peak potential. There’s a great deal of conflicting evidence out there about what to eat and drink to enhance your exercise efforts; this Fitness Fuel box, created by Fitness + Food Coach Liz Barnet, takes the guess work out for you.
Liz Barnet is a Fitness + Food Coach who enables and encourages her busy clients to implement specific, sustainable changes that add up to big health benefits. Each client has a unique set of goals, abilities, and limitations, and Liz works to design a customized strategy to meet her or her needs. Liz believes that by making fitness and food approachable, interesting and fun, clients are motivated to commit and much more likely to succeed long-term. Liz feels that in fitness, food and in life, it’s all about the progress, not perfection.
Liz is based in New York City and works with clients locally and remotely. In addition to private personal training and nutrition coaching, she’s an instructor at two of Manhattan’s premiere boutique fitness studios, SLT and Uplift Studios. Liz holds several fitness certifications and credentials, and is a graduate of both Boston College and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Spiced Apple Cider
Fall is in the air, and what better way to kick it off than with a seasonal smoothie? As the temperature drops, adding in warm foods and beverages can help your digestion adjust accordingly; cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are three superfoods that do the trick. Apple cider vinegar is a great boost to both digestion + metabolism. Enjoy this slightly sweet treat as an afternoon snack in lieu of relying on carbs or caffeine to power you through.
Root Vegetable Recovery Blend
Post-workout, your body is primed to use protein in order to build muscle and carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores. This grounding smoothie features carrots and beets, two nutrient-dense sources of non-starchy carbs. The nitrates in beets have also been shown to boost stamina. Plant-based protein from hemp will enhance lean muscle to boost metabolism, and anti-inflammatory turmeric is excellent for combating exercise-induced inflammation.
Creamy and Craveable Cacao Zucchini
You work hard in the gym or in class, so once in a while, it’s time to treat yo’self. To avoid turning that treat into a train wreck that derails your best laid diet plans, focus on adding in health-enhancing superfoods like cacao and sunflower seed butter. This creamy, cacao-filled smoothie reminds me of chocolate zucchini bread.