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Fruit and veggie blends can have potent healing powers and body benefits. Try one of these tasty smoothies adapted from Robin Asbell’s book. Juice It! Energizing Blends for Today’s Juicers, before your practice to help enhance your endurance, ease any digestive woes, or rev your energy levels when you need a pick-me-up.
To up endurance
Blend together 1 beet, 3 leaves Swiss chard, 1 seeded red chili, and 2 plum tomatoes.
The science: Nitrates in beets can help improve athletic performance, according to preliminary research, possibly helping you feel stronger on your mat.
To ease indigestion
Blend together 3 cups pineapple cubes, 2 cups papaya cubes, and a 2-inch piece of ginger.
The science: Pineapple and papaya have enzymes that may aid in digestion, and ginger can soothe an upset stomach.
To boost energy
Blend together 4 cups spinach, 2 kiwis, 2 cups honeydew, and 1 cup green grapes.
The science: The vitamin C in kiwi and honeydew helps your body absorb more iron from the spinach to keep you energized.