A Fitness Smoothie to Fuel Your Fitness Goals
Nothing beats a fruity or veggie smoothie to quench your thirst after a long hard sweaty session. We’ve seen the increasing popularity of smoothies recently in the fitness industry and they offer various kinds from whey protein, vegan, cleansing and meal-in-one smoothie types. In my opinion, it's one of the top ways to really recover after exercising.
I personally love a green smoothie finished of with whey protein, spinach, avocado, and a banana to make it extra creamy. Simple but very effective! I also love to add in oats for a quick post workout drink or before a very heavy leg session to give me my carbs efficiently, without upsetting my stomach.
A great example of a fitness smoothie would be:
- ½ cup oats
- 1 banana or mixed berries
- 1 tsp of nut butter of choice
- 1 cup of almond milk
- handful of spinach
- 1 scoop of whey or vegan protein
Adding in nut butters or nuts can give it that extra delicious taste but also increases the nutritional content of the smoothie too, by adding in the good healthy fats. As well as the micronutrients contained in nuts such as magnesium, which is perfect for joint and muscle pain so an added bonus in your recovery period.
As they are easily digestible and quickly absorbed in the blood stream, smoothies fit both perfectly as a pre workout snack too. It's important to have something before a workout to avoid muscle breakdown. So adding in carbohydrates, protein and a little bit of fats to allow insulin levels to stay level is essential. Post workout, smoothies can help replenish glucose levels and deliver essential macronutrients.
The best thing about making your own smoothie is you know there are no added sugars, which you must stay cautious about when looking on the high street. Always check the ingredients lists. Making your own smoothie also allows you to tweak the ingredients and make it the way you like it. Nutritious and delicious!
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