A little science for you today: Did you know when you exercise, you breathe harder taking in more oxygen. While you do need oxygen to support life, it can become unstable in the body. This unstable oxygen can oxidize and damage your muscle cells which can bring on inflammation and soreness.
The key is in eating something called antioxidants…and haven’t you always wondered what the word “antioxidant” meant? It is the opposite of oxidants, pretty cool huh? Where do you find antioxidants? You guessed it – all those colorful and vibrant fruits and veggies!
Powerful doses of antioxidants are found in Blueberries, Raspberries, Acai-berries, Carrots, Tomatoes and Spinach – just to name a few! So come into Big Apple Smoothie Cafe and try a Demo’s Delight, My Cousin Vinny or Power Play smoothie to get your daily dose of powerful antioxidants.
See, your mom was right: eat your fruits and vegetables!
“A powerful “pick me up” of Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Banana with your choice of Whey or Soy Protein.”
STRAWBERRIES: There is a whole lot of nutritional value packed into this beautiful berry. They are a rich source of Vitamin C and high in disease-fighting phytochemicals. They also are a great source of Fiber and provide cleansing agents for the bladder and colon.
BLUEBERRIES: These innocent-looking berries have one of the highest known Antioxidant levels of Vitamin C of any fruit. That means Blueberries may help protect against cancer, eye conditions, and some of the problems that accompany aging.
RASPBERRIES: High levels of Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 make Raspberries a terrific food to enjoy after a trip to the gym where we often deplete our store of these important nutrients. Raspberries are also rich in cancer-fighting ellagic acids called Lycopene.
BANANAS: Rich in Potassium, Magnesium, Folate and Vitamin B6, Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin A and B-complex known to decrease the risk of heart disease. A little known fact is that Bananas have twice as much Vitamin C as Apples.