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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Smoothie Saturday

Mango Banana Smoothie

" I find the harder I work the more luck I have."- Thomas Jefferson

Training for an athletic event is hard work. It doesn't matter if I am training for a marathon, a shorter race or a triathlon.  The training is hard work.

I like to have a treat that doesn't destroy all my hard training.  This smoothie also works well as a recovery drink the day after a long run.  I first started making smoothies to get rid of ripe bananas and discovered they could be a really quick and healthy breakfast and be a healthy part of my training diet.

Here is the recipe:

1 Cup Skim Milk
1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1 very ripe banana
1 cup frozen diced Mango ( can use fresh too)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1T ground flax seed

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

The milk, yogurt and protein powder all help to restore muscles. The flax seed is an antioxidant to help build the immune system and restore damage done by workouts.  You can change this recipe up lots of ways. I often use different juices for the base and change up the fruits. I also use Chia seeds in place of the flax seed.
In the summer when zuchinni seem to be everywhere I add that as well.

Experiment and come up with your own combinations.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 120 members in 25 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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