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If you have been hanging aroundThe Core Dietfor some time now, you bet we still stand by our food values, which includes eating fresh whole fruits and vegetables every single day. But even the best of the athletes who are balancing a career, a family, and a full-time training schedule, could stand to get in more produce, particularly the brightly colored berries and dark leafy greens. And many times this same athlete comes up a bit short on their protein goals.

One of the best ways to do this is with a high quality smoothie, that's customizable, allowing you to boost up the flavors or ingredients you particularly like or need. As a busy triathlete, training for more than one sport whose body is in constant need of fueling and/or recovery, it’s hard to beat the convenience and nutritional value of a good smoothie with the right ingredients, not to mention portability.  

But not all powders on the market are created equal. 

AtThe Core Diet, we value each and every partner we work with, and only recommend the best, which is why we are really excited about theField Work Nutrition Primo Smoothiewhich is now available! Using this as your base, you will be getting 20 grams of high quality, clean protein with a full spectrum of essential amino acids, whole food based carbohydrates, healthy fats from sources like coconut and flax, including omega-3’s, berries, greens, turmeric and tart cherry to help reduce exercise induced inflammation, probiotics, prebiotics, a whole profile of vitamins and minerals that triathletes are regularly deficient it, plus a whole lot more. 

What do you mean as a “base”?

The Field Work Nutrition Primo Smoothie was designed to be your starting point.  From there, you can add in fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, more protein if needed, the ideas are endless!

~Had a particularly hard run session that morning?Throw in a little extra protein. 

~Feeling like you’ve been missing getting enough green roughage in your diet lately?Toss in a handful of spinach or another dark leafy green.

~Didn’t eat any fruit with your yogurt? Add some berries.

The best part?  It really can be consumed on its own with your favorite nut milk, or even water if you ran out. It really is what you make it, and gives you the certainty and peace of mind that if later in the day all else fails, and you just aren’t going to have the time to throw together that well balanced dinner, forcing you to compromise your food choices (let’s face it, we all do from time to time), “at least you had your healthy smoothie” before. 

What about juicing?

While juicing is an alternative way to get micro and phytonutrients in your diet, it can be far inferior compared to a well-balanced smoothie. Juicing omits almost all the fiber from whatever you are pressing to make your juice, which means you are leaving nutrition on the table.  Don’t get us wrong, we do believe in juicing and some of the benefits it may bring, but only when treated as a supplement vs. a primary meal or snack, which is required to give your body what it needs for performance and recovery.

A well-balanced smoothie on the other hand, should have a blend of low glycemic carbs, the micronutrients and fiber of whatever fruits and/or veggies you add, protein, some healthy fats, and a general profile of other vitamins and minerals that an athlete’s body needs.  It is hard to beat the nutritional punch this packs for a body that is constantly looking for a little reprieve.  Not only will the ingredients in the primo smoothie provide a balanced and steady insulin response, you get the added benefit of providing your gut with pre-biotic fiber from the blended up fruits and veggies, which can help maintain healthy digestive system flora, better known as the beneficial bacteria that keep everything “running smoothly.”  Just make sure you use a very good blender (we prefer the Magic Bullet) and texture will be ideal!

Try one of our favorite recipes and be sure to check out theFieldwork Nutrition websitefor more!

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 8 oz milk or almond milk
  • 2 scoops Primo Smoothie Meal mix

Blend and enjoy!

We’ll see you out there.

About Field Work Nutrition Co.

Field Work Nutrition Co. Develops products for a community of likeminded people that value living a healthy vibrant life by eating well and pursuing their athletic and active passions “in the field.” 

We believe that health is wealth and a life outdoors is a life well lived.  We value real food and clean ingredients, but know that our modern lifestyles leave us time crunched and seeking convenience.  This does not have to be at the expense of healthy nutrition.  Our Primo Smoothie Meal delivers superior nutrition specifically tailored to the needs of training athletes in a convenient format to fuel your everyday.  It contains 20 grams of high quality protein with a full spectrum of essential amino acids, whole food based carbohydrates, healthy fats from sources like coconut and flax, berries, greens, turmeric and tart cherry to help reduce exercise induced inflammation, probiotics, prebiotics, a whole profile of vitamins and minerals athletes are regularly deficient in, and a whole lot more.  

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