Monday, September 14, 2009

Recipe: The Power Lift

The school year is now is full swing and pretty soon students will be staying up late into the night cramming for exams, term papers, presentations and mid-terms and finals. And these students will definitely need some fuel to keep chugging along with all the heavy loads of coursework.

The following recipe from the Web site Coffee Science may quickly become every students go-to-drink to keep awake in the wee hours!

The Power Lift

This coffee banana smoothie is a smart snack before a workout. Yogurt is a stellar source of calcium, the banana adds potassium, wheat germ kicks in extra vitamin E, and coffee contributes some vigor. All the way around, this is a healthful snack. Remember, research shows that caffeine improves physical stamina and may even reduce muscle pain. So enjoy it and then get moo-ving.

1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, cold or at room temperature
2 6-ounce containers plain low-fat yogurt (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
3 to 4 ice cubes
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
* (Use more or less honey depending on the ripeness of the bananas.)

Place all ingredients in a blender container. Cover, and blend on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories: 154; Protein: 6 grams; Carbohydrate: 30 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 5 mg.; Sodium: 63 mg.

*Recipe information courtesy of

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