Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

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Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Two things almost every endurance athlete drinks — coconut water and sports drinks.  Beware, they may not be good for you!  Coconut water has a slimy texture I can’t warm up to, but beside that most of them aren’t close to being ‘natural’.  Many sports drinks are full of artificial sweeteners, brominated vegetable oil  and colors, so make sure you read the labels closely.  With marathon training amping up and 5 classes a week at the yoga studio, I’m in need of electrolytes from a natural source!

Many people think electrolytes are unique chemicals and found in only certain drinks, but they are everywhere.  Electrolytes are simply sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.  These electrolytes work to keep the body hydrated, a balanced pH, rebuild damaged tissue and regulate nerve and muscle functions.  They are important for everyone, not just endurance athletes.

Making your own electrolyte drink is easier than you thought using natural ingredients.  I just made this smoothie to refuel after my long run!

Here are some good sources of electrolytes:

  • Coconut water gets a good reputation because it is high in potassium, but of all the coconut waters tested only Zico actually contained the high amounts that they claimed according a Forbes article.  Most of them are highly processed with added sugars and other additives.  If you want coconut water, you can get your own natural, raw coconut water from young coconuts.
  • Foods high in potassium — bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, dates, raisins, potatoes, oranges and beet greens.
  • Foods high in calcium — oats, chia seeds, orange juice, milk (I prefer almond milk), kale, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, almonds, and figs.
  • Bicarbaonate — we all have this in our home, baking soda!  It has many amazing uses, raising the pH of our bodies and helps reduce cramps and soreness.  I prefer Bobs Red Mill baking soda.
  • Foods high in Chloride — the main source of chloride is salt, but it is also found in some foods like tomatoes, celery, olives and seaweed.
Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie
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Recipe: Smoothie
Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 1 – 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water (or coconut water)
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredient to a blender.
  2. Start on low, slowly increasing to high.
  3. Blend until smooth.

 

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Kandice January 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Sounds yummy! Never knew about baking soda! Interesting research on coconut water too. Commercial food is sooo scary.

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Dawn January 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

tell me what does the baking soda do for the smoothie. Sounds interesting.

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greenplaterule January 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Baking soda is an electrolyte — it helps to raise your body’s pH (protecting you from disease), and also helps reduce muscle cramps which enhances performance. You only need a small amount. Just like anything else, too much of a good thing can be bad!

A couple article to back up:
http://www.naturalnews.com/025707_soda_baking.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/376495-the-effects-of-drinking-baking-soda-water/

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Dawn January 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Thanks…and interesting tip!

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Christine January 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Great post, thanks. I am not really a fan of the commercial coconut water, but this has prompted me to just get a young coconut and try that. I am signing up for a marathon so sure to be drinking this smoothie after my long runs!

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greenplaterule January 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Good luck at your marathon, Christine!

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