Katie (Key Leader at Vancouver's West 4th Store) is almost as crazy about running as she is about making delicious, healthy food. She's finally been persuaded to share her favourite smoothie recipe. She recommends it as a powerful way to start the day or an amazing post-run energizer.
image: flickr - Frank Gruber
Katie's an advocate of the Magic Bullet. If you don't have a Magic Bullet, you can put the ingredients together in a 2-cup (500ml/20 oz) container before throwing them in your blender.
step 1 - into the cup
-one large handful of fresh spinach (raw), squish to bottom of cup
-2 tbsp plain yogurt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp matcha green tea powder
-1 tsp freshly grated ginger
-1/2 ripe banana
Fill the rest of the cup with frozen blueberries (or frozen berry of your choice)
Add as much chilled green tea as the cup will allow
step 2 - blend & enjoy
To kick it up a notch, or for a more substantial meal, add 2 tbsp of granola and 1/2 tbsp hemp hearts. Enjoy this variation with a spoon.