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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Super Food Saturday Beet Raspberry Smoothie

Beet Raspberry Smoothie 
Eating beets may give you an advantage in competition. A study at Loyola University in 2012 found subjects eating 1 ½ cup of beets 75 minutes before a running test were able to move faster with less perceived exertion. 
It is thought the nitrates in beets help to widen the blood vessels to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to work the muscles.  To get an advantage consume beets for several day before a competition. You can take capsules with beet extract or drink beet juice. 
Beets are high in anti-oxidants and the nitrates also help lower blood pressure. 
1 ½ cups coconut water 
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt ½ can (15 oz) sliced beets 5 pitted dates ½ cup almonds or walnuts ¼ cup fresh mint 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons minced ginger 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries  Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Blend for 1 minute. Serves 2

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. And was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in PontevedreSpain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in DallasTexas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members inAustraliaCanadaVietnamTurkeyFinland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

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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