What Athletes Eat: Sailor Helena Scutt's power blueberry smoothie

Helena Scutt races one of the fastest classes of boats at the Olympics, the 49erFX. It's also one of the coolest-looking because Scutt competes with her body fully extended over the water -- with only her feet gripping the edge of the boat.

To kick-start her adrenaline-filled day, Scutt often begins with a "power blueberry smoothie."

The reasons are simple. "The oats and almonds keep you full for longer," she said. "The cinnamon and turmeric help fight inflammation. And I'm always trying to eat more 'green,' so I love that it gives me a serving of spinach and matcha [a Japanese green-tea powder]. Normal matcha tea is still a little too hard-core for me, taste-wise (it reminds me of seaweed), so I like to bury it in the smoothie."

How does it taste?

"It's not the sweetest smoothie ever, which I like. But you can always add a banana, use frozen berries or other berries. The best thing about smoothies is that it's super easy to experiment!"

It's also easy to make in Rio, Scutt discovered, especially during training camps when the team's cook lets her use the blender.

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Day and time: Any morning when I'm on the go!

Place: At home in Seattle or on training mornings in Rio de Janeiro, where I'm spending lots of time this summer.

What I'm eating: Power blueberry smoothie

Courtesy of Helena Scutt

Why I'm eating it: It's simple, quick and more filling than most smoothies.

Whose recipe: Inspired by Nikki Sharp (I've done her detox twice)

Ingredients

1 cup raw spinach (I prefer baby spinach)
1-1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (frozen berries enhance the sweetness and blue/purple color)
1/2 cup matcha tea (made by mixing 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 1/2 cup warm water)
12 almonds
1/4 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A few fresh mint leaves
1 cup cold water with ice (optional)

Blend everything together until smooth.

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