Food

The Perfect Post-Workout Recovery Meal

Forget smoothies—add blueberries to your soup!

blueberry soup

If a speed workout zaps your energy, this purple soup will perk you back up. The yogurt gives you the jolt of protein that you need to repair your hard-working muscles, while blueberries, rich in anti-inflammatory properties, help ease soreness. Serve this in a glass bowl or even a wide-mouthed jar so you can savor the color along with the flavor.

Refreshing Blueberry Soup
Serves 4

2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup orange juice
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup vanilla yogurt (not Greek)

Wash blueberries and place 1½ cups of berries in a saucepan. Pour in orange juice, and stir in cinnamon to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Remove from stove and let cool 15 minutes. Stir in salt. Transfer the mixture into a blender to mix until smooth. Pour into a bowl and let cool completely. Stir in yogurt and remaining berries. Cover bowl and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.

VARIATION: For a tarter flavor, replace half of the vanilla yogurt with plain yogurt.
GARNISHES: Mint sprigs, thin orange slices or orange zest.