Smoothie Recipes – Part 1 & 2!
Smoothies can be a handy way of making a nutrient dense snack or meal (depending on what you put in it of course). They can be a great way to boost your fruit and veg intake if you struggle in that area. Save these suggestions and use it as your go to next time you need a quick smoothie idea!
As you can see I’ve broken them down into 4 categories:
1. Recovery – these recipes will be high in protein and carbs, the two main nutrients you need for after a hard workout. I like to have a more desserty smoothing after training every now and again and if you haven’t has raspberries and white chocolate before then you’re missing out!
2. Breakfast – these’s ones are handy if you’re in a rush in the morning, you can even prep these the night before to grab as you run out the door. They will have a decent amount of carbs and protein, and some healthy fats.
3. Hangover – hangover smoothies can be a lifesaver if you’re a little rough after a night out and can’t stomach the thought’s of food! Coconut water has natural electrolytes — such as potassium, sodium and manganese, which need to be replaced when you are dehydrated from the beer! Throw in some vitamins from the fruit and protein from yogurt and you’ll help your body rehydrate, refuel, and, repair itself after a night on the sauce.
4. Pre-Exercise – these recipes will mainly focus on quick releasing carbs and hydration, perfect for 60-90 mins before you workout. Which this particular recipe you also have the ergogenic effect of beetroot. Beetroot juice contains high levels of inorganic nitrate and its intake has shown to increase nitric oxide (NO) in the blood. NO promotes blood flow in the body and therefore helps improve performance. I’ll be doing a full post on this soon, however, be wary of the timing and amount you consume it at – horsing a load of beetroot juice into you and then going out and running 10km may have adverse effects!!
Of course you can have any of these recipes at any time you which, I’ve just recommended different situations the ingredients may suit better!