A non-stimulant (a.k.a. stim-free) pre-workout smoothie made with Cordyceps mushroom extract and beets to help boost your performance, reduce your fatigue, and conquer your training session in a delicious way!
Your alarm goes off, and it’s that time again. Time to get that workout in, to train your muscles, and give your body the love it deserves.
And it’s also a great time to give your taste buds some delicious love too! Because if you’re going to dedicate your time to a workout, you want to get the most out of it, right? You want to increase your endurance, boost your performance, and beet that fatigue (pun intended!).
Enter the beet mint smoothie. The functional power of Cordyceps mushroom extract combined with the blood-flow-boosting power of beets makes this the perfect stim-free pre-workout drink.
This smoothie will help you conquer your workout and reach your goals, without the crash and burn, jitters, itching, headaches, or sleeplessness that can accompany taking stimulant-based pre-workouts.
If you want to learn more about the advantages of mushrooms for improving your stamina, energy, and recovery, check out our article on stimulant-free pre-workout and post-workout supplements.
How does this beet mint smoothie help your workout?
If you want to reap all the benefits of a workout, your body needs fuel. And smoothies are a great way to efficiently fuel up, especially when you put specific ingredients in the mix.
This hearty and delicious smoothie uses the fuel power of functional Cordyceps mushroom powder and beets for improved cardiorespiratory and muscle endurance and performance.
Beets contain ample nitric oxide to help increase blood flow, improve lung function, and strengthen muscle contractions (1, 2). The Cordyceps extract powder generates a comprehensive anti-fatigue effect, to increase overall endurance and stamina (3).
As with all fuel, there are different levels of quality. And we believe you deserve to fill up your gas tank with premium-grade — a.k.a 100% organic fruiting-body powder made from the Cordyceps mushroom, with no added grain, starch, or fillers. Our potent mushroom extracts will give you the most benefits from functional fungi to help you reach your performance and athletic goals.
How long before my workout should I make this stim-free pre-workout smoothie?
It’s best to enjoy this pre-workout smoothie thirty minutes to one hour before you begin your training session.
So, try skipping the coffee and stimulants and blend this smoothie up before your next workout session.
Beet Mint Smoothie Recipe
½ cup steamed beets or 1-2 tsp beet powder
½ cup purple cabbage
½ cup dark berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a berry blend works well here
1 sprig of fresh mint (peppermint or spearmint)
1 tsp Real Mushrooms Cordyceps-M
1 tsp Vitamin C powder (Acerola cherry-based)
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 cup water
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until desired consistency.
Enjoy this stim-free pre-workout in good health!
Workouts don’t have to be a grueling process. Instead of forcing yourself to do something you dislike day in and day out, try choosing something you love doing! Making it fun makes it sustainable.
Your body will thank you.
And not just your body, but your mind too! Working out is not just about your physique; it’s also a great way to show your mind some love too. It’s a way to de-stress, boost your feel-good hormones, and to release any stuck emotions.
So head to the kitchen, whip up this delicious stim-free pre-workout smoothie, turn up the tunes, and smash your workout!
Other mushroom supplements to give you a power boost
You can easily try out other mushroom powder extracts that have workout-supporting benefits. There are wonderful options, each with its own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top mushrooms for stimulant-free pre-workout and post-workout supplements. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.
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1 Domínguez R, Cuenca E, Maté-Muñoz JL, García-Fernández P, Serra-Paya N, Estevan MCL, Herreros PV, Garnacho-Castaño MV. Effects of Beetroot Juice Supplementation on Cardiorespiratory Endurance in Athletes. A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2017; 9(1):43. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9010043
2 Jones, A. M., Thompson, C., Wylie, L. J., & Vanhatalo, A. (2018). Dietary Nitrate and Physical Performance. Annual review of nutrition, 38, 303–328. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-nutr-082117-051622
3 Xu Y. F. (2016). Effect of Polysaccharide from Cordyceps militaris (Ascomycetes) on Physical Fatigue Induced by Forced Swimming. International journal of medicinal mushrooms, 18(12), 1083–1092. https://doi.org/10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.v18.i12.30
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