Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to leave for work; it’s early enough to head to the gym for a workout before much of the world has had its coffee.
That must be nice.
For those of us who are still working on working out — and trying not to crawl back into bed right afterward — here’s something to get motivated: a quick, energy-packed fruit smoothie.
Nicky Hilton recently dropped by SoulCycle in the Hamptons to make a post-spin smoothie with the Bella Rocket Extract Pro ($60, BellaHousewares.com). As a Californian, drinking her fruits and vegetables isn’t new to her. “There’s a big juice culture in L.A., so I’ve been into it since I was a teenager,” she said.
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Bella’s grinding blades crush everything from whole nuts to chia seeds, so there are no chunks left in the smoothie without adding calories through yogurt or watering it down with ice. And instead of reaching for java to get going, Hilton also juices with Bella’s High Power Juicer ($100), combining kale, celery and cucumber for the right amount of energy before exercise: “It’s the perfect little meal.”
It’s good to have goals. Until working out becomes its own reward and you’re greeting 6:30 a.m. with a smile, try this one-step juice recipe.
Recipe: Bella Berry Smoothie
As a workout enthusiast, Hilton prefers to have her smoothies working for her, too.
“Bananas are high in the good kinds of carbs you need after a workout and help rebuild damaged muscles and provide lots of potassium,” she said. (Potassium supports movement from nerves to muscles and helps with kidney function, too.)
“Almonds have protein to keep you full and satisfied post-workout and add texture to the smoothie. But I really like the sweet fruits, so the strawberries and blueberries are perfect.”
1 handful blueberries
1 handful almonds
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Detach the tumbler, snap on the lid and sip it on the train. Makes two servings.