Downing pulverized produce can do much more than just hit your body’s reset button. With the right ingredients, homemade elixirs can be fat-burning, energy-boosting, workout recovery-speeding powerhouses. For a few quick recipes, we turned to Men’s Fitness columnist Candice Kumai, author of the new book Clean Green Drinks, which features 100-plus results-driven juice and smoothie recipes built around functional ingredients like bone-and muscle-protecting baby spinach, digestion-aiding ginger, and disease-fighting herbs and spices.
BOOST ENERGY: THE CUCUMBER CLEAN GREEN
The added pineapple is packed with the mineral manganese, which regulates blood sugar and helps the body turn carbs and fat into energy.
3⁄4 cup fresh pineapple
3 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp fresh ginger
1 medium cucumber
Add all ingredients into a juicer and juice. Makes two servings.
90 calories, 3g protein, 19g carbs, 0.5g fat, 0g fiber, 15g sugar, 130% DV vitamin C, 10% DV calcium, 15% DV iron