By Christopher Vlaun
After hours of training outdoors we all know that it is paramount to replenish the body with powerful nutrition. During our high season in Miami Beach we could easily clock in 5 or more hours on the beach training. Sometimes logging in 10+ miles running along with participating in many exercises for demonstration sake or just to (get in it for the fun of it).
Over the years I have experienced the effects of many recommended shake blends, but none fuel and refuel the body the way that this mix does. Here are a few of our highlighted key go-to faves that I love to incorporate.
First go-to is: E3 SpirulinaLive –
is a nutrient dense aquabotanical. Our spirulina is never dried or processed. It is frozen fresh as a liquid and closest to its natural state, providing easily absorbed and assimilated nutrition.
E3 SpirulinaLive has 60-70% complete protein, including all 8 essential amino acids and 10 non-essential ones. This revolutionary breakthrough superfood algae also contains valuable nutrients including Phycocyanin, GLA, B vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin C, EFAs, Chlorophyll and more.
Second go-to is: Bee Pollen –
Bee pollen is rich in nutrients – According to Royden Brown in his book, Bee Hive Product Bible, bee pollen contains all essential amino acids, 28 minerals (including calcium, magnesium and iron), 12 vitamins (including vitamins B, C, E and D), 11 enzymes and coenzymes, 11 carbohydrates and 14 beneficial fatty acids.
Improves skin and treats skin conditions – According to Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, a Swedish dermatologist who pioneered the use of bee products for skin issues, bee pollen’s high concentrations of nutrients provide skin-boosting properties when applied topically: “[Bee pollen] seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue,” says Dr. Essen.
Aids the cardiovascular system – Spectral analysis confirms that bee pollen contains large concentrations of rutin, a bioflavonoid that is known to strengthen blood vessels and capillaries, aid with circulatory issues and stabilize cholesterol levels. Moreover, rutin’s proven anticlotting abilities can help guard us from heart attacks and strokes.
Potent natural energizer – Considering that the average bee pollen granule is comprised of 55 percent carbohydrates and 35 percent protein, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it is a significant source of natural energy. Consuming one serving (1 tablespoon) of bee pollen before hitting the gym, for example, will certainly improve the length and quality of your workout. Moreover, bee pollen’s impressive protein content makes it a great supplement for bodybuilders.
Third g0-to is: Raw Maca Powder –
Maca is the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant. Known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as a kind of “Incan superfood” for thousands of years.
It was considered a central part of the Incan diet when they built Macchu Picchu. When you incorporate Maca you begin to notice the difference in your awareness or energy levels. It’s a subtle but very real effect, and I believe maca is one of the superfoods that powered the ancient Incas.
Forth go-to is: White Chia by Heath Warrior –
Another staple superfood of the ancient Aztecs, chia seeds, as a source of strength. Chia nourished their children, fortified their messengers, and powered warriors going into battle.
Chia seeds are one of the highest known sources for omega-3 fatty acids, containing 7.5 times more of these essential oils per ounce than salmon.
They provide more protein than any other seed, and a complete protein to boot. They are exceptionally high in fiber, which benefits intestinal health. The seeds contain five times as much calcium as milk, along with boron for healthy bones and high levels of B vitamins.
Lastly, Organic Blueberries –
Research shows that blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, the natural substances that fight damage caused by free radicals. In addition to helping prevent memory loss, these versatile and delicious berries have been shown to be effective in fighting chronic degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, muscular degeneration, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
I recommend a single suggested serving size of each superfood along with a coconut water base, some ice and blend away. Enjoy!