LTB "Soothie"

Right?!

Right?!

If you feel anything like I'm feeling, this Pure Madness Challenge has you a bit sore. All over. So instead of reaching for the Tylenol {simply because it's too painful to reach my arm that high after all the bend stretch lift hold torture!}, let's take a few steps to the kitchen and gather some of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatories to ease the pain while our muscles transform into the long, lean, sculpted machines they're destined to be. 

Nature's powerful anti-inflammatories.

Nature's powerful anti-inflammatories.

Here's what you'll need:

Cherries: An excellent source of flavonoids called anthocyanidins. These plant pigments are powerful antioxidants that provide a potent anti-inflammatory response by blocking the pain messages being sent to the brain much like Tylenol would. Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that women who drank tart cherry juice had less inflammation and faster recovery of their muscle strength after a long-distance race. 

Pineapple: Containing the enzyme Bromelain that not only assists with breaking down proteins but also works to reduce inflammation and swelling while curbing your appetite, this tasty tropical delight works double duty making it a pain-relieving, belly busting superstar. Consider it your "ball friend"{<--- Thanks Vanessa!} from nature providing that little something extra.

Parsley: Green is always good and this anti-inflammatory herb is no exception. These tiny green leaves are packed with vitamins A, B, C and K along with phytonutrients and flavonoids {lutein, zeaxanthin, apiole, rutin and apigenin} known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Hemp Seeds: Rich in omega fatty acids that fight inflammation, these little seeds also pack a mighty protein punch making them perfect post-workout fuel. 

Now that you know what we're working with, let's get that blender buzzing for a delicious, post-workout "soothie" to relieve your aching muscles. 

LTB "Soothie"

Serving size 1 smoothie

Pain-relieving, muscle-building LTB "Soothie"

Pain-relieving, muscle-building LTB "Soothie"

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup frozen cherries

1/3 cup frozen pineapple

3 tbsp hemp hearts

1 handful parsley

juice from 1/2 a small lemon

juice from 1/2 a small lime

medjool date, pitted (optional for extra sweetness)

Directions: Add everything to blender and blend blend blend! Next, pour, sip, and enjoy!

Emma approved :)

Emma approved :)

Dosage: Daily or as needed ;)

Now you're ready for the next 2 weeks of madness!