Potassium is one of your body’s most important electrolytes. The minerals in your blood, sweat, and bodily fluids, which contain an electric charge affect how your body functions. When hitting the gym, be especially careful about your potassium intake because low levels can reduce your energy and endurance and also cause muscle cramping and cardiovascular issues. Potassium is depleted as you sweat during exercise, so make sure to include high-potassium foods in your diet.
This smoothie is filled with potassium-rich kiwifruit, banana and orange juice for a delicious pre- or post-workout snack that has numerous benefits for your body. But if you’re running out the door and don’t have time to use the blender, grab a kiwifruit to go for a quick and easy dose of potassium.
Potassium Power Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup fortified vanilla soymilk
- 1 cup calcium-fortified orange juice
- 2 Zespri SunGold kiwifruit, washed, unpeeled and chopped
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 2 tbsp soy protein powder
- 1 tsp honey
- Blend all ingredients in blender on high for 20 to 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve immediately.
Nutritional information per serving: 240 calories, 10g protein, 42g carbohydrate, 4g fibre, 2.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, 0mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium.
Tip: If you prefer, 2 peeled Zespri Green kiwifruit can be substituted in this recipe. Please note that the nutritional analysis will vary slightly.