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Sports Drinks: The Myths Busted

Sports Drinks: The Myths Busted


Olympians need their Powerade to power through their workouts, but do you?

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Check out the truth about sports drinks.

The Coca-Cola and McDonald's sponsorships for the London Olympics are creating outcry from health advocates, but there's one sponsorship they may be overlooking: Powerade. Powerade, the official drink for athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games (as well as the EUFA 2012), is the sister drink of the other official Olympic drink: Coca-Cola. Is it that surprising? The most common beliefs about sports drinks are that they rehydrate athletes, that all athletes (Olympic or not) can benefit from sports drinks, and that all sports drinks are created equal. Right? Wrong.

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Reaching for a neon-green Gatorade after your oh-so-grueling spin class may seem like a good idea, but the truth might surprise you. Sports drinks contain electrolytes (mostly potassium and sodium) and sugars to replenish what the body has lost through sweating that water alone can’t replace. The purpose of these beverages is to bring the levels of minerals in your blood closer to their normal levels, so you can continue your workout as if you just started.

Sounds great, right? But don’t go reaching for the nearest bottle just yet. Not all sports drinks are created equal, and not every sports drink works the same for every athlete. Most nutritionists agree that sports drinks only become beneficial once your workout extends past 60 minutes. For Olympians, sports drinks might actually do the trick; one study from the University of Bath found that sipping on a carbohydrate-based drink helped athletes’ performances. But that doesn’t mean that drinking water ceases to be essential. "Even if [one] consumes a sports drink," Dr. Haemi Choi, a nutrition specialist at Loyola University in Chicago says, "it’s important that he or she continues to drink water." And guzzling unnecessary sports drinks can give you added calories, sugars, and toxins from artificial flavorings. Reading the label carefully is the best way to avoid any hidden extras lurking in your beverage.

But in a world where variety reigns supreme, how can you choose which drink will be the best when you need one? Is there a difference between Gatorade and Powerade? Where does coconut water fit into all of this? When the rows of brightly hued drinks become overwhelming, here’s your guide to sports drinks — which ones to choose, and which ones to lose.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

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WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

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CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.


8 Great Post-Workout Juice Recipes

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups red grapes
3 stalks celery
1 cup pomegranate seeds The dark pigments in blueberries, pomegranates, and red grapes are a sign of potent flavonoids and polyphenols that may reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise and keep cholesterol in check. Serves 2 189 calories per serving

Find more
BEET-GINGER

2 beets
2 pears
1 knob ginger
1 cucumber

Beets contain nitric-oxide compounds that help oxygenate blood and may enhance exercise performance, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may calm an upset stomach.

Serves 2 154 calories per serving

Find more
WATERMELON-CHERRY

2 cups watermelon
1 cup tart cherries, pitted
1 orange

Tart cherries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, while watermelon provides the amino acid L-citrulline—both nutrients may help reduce postrun muscle soreness. the high vitamin c content of all three fruits helps protect your immune system.

Serves 2 124 calories per serving

Find more
TOMATO-BASIL

2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large handful spinach
1 lemon or lime
4 sprigs basil

Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. this nutrient helps boost the absorption of iron (needed to maintain exercise endurance) found in leafy greens, such as spinach.

Serves 2 34 calories per serving

Find more
CUCUMBER-COCONUT

1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1/2 cup honeydew
2 mint leaves
8 ounces coconut water
Dash turmeric

Water-rich cucumber helps rehydrate coconut water adds the electrolyte potassium turmeric curbs inflammation. Serves 2 76 calories per serving

Find more
SWISS CHARD—SPINACH

6 swiss chard leaves
1/2 fennel bulb
1 cucumber
2 handfuls spinach
2 stalks celery
1 green apple
1 bunch basil

Swiss chard is high in bone-protective vitamin K and tastes less bitter with apple.

Serves 2 102 calories per serving

Find more
CARROT—GREEN TEA

1 large carrot
1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup cold green tea
1 knob ginger

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which aids lung health. Green tea provides catechins, which reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 2 74 calories per serving

Find more
CITRUS-CELERY

1 lemon
1 orange
3 stalks celery
2 beets
1 carrot
1 handful basil

Celery contains compounds that may promote bone health, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a key role in forming collagen, needed to keep joints working properly.