5 Smoothies that are Workout Gold

By Neda Varbanova, Healthy With Nedi

 

In my opinion, smoothies are the ideal pre-workout fuel and post-workout revitalizers. Smoothies are light, and can be packed with natural performance enhancing goodies like protein, superfoods, and more. 

In the past, smoothies have gotten a bad rep for being loaded with sugar, but this doesn't have to be true. If you are making your own smoothies at home, you have control over ingredient quality and quantity, and can guarantee a nutritious blend. You can add super foods like chia & hemp seeds, nut butters, good quality protein, healthy fats, and immune boosting nutrients from fruits and veggies to boost your smoothie's nutrient quotient. 

Ready to power your next workout with one of these delicious concoctions? Here are some of my favorite workout-fueling smoothies: 

 

1. Sweet Berry

This smoothie is great for breakfast or post-workout as it is high in protein, healthy fats, and carbs to replenish your body and get you ready for the day.

This smoothie will help you kick some serious butt in the gym! It is loaded with superfood nutrients that will let you power through the day. I love adding body brilliance vegan chocolate shake into my smoothies. It contains green tea and guarana, which helps boost your metabolism and can encourage fat burning. The shake includes anti-inflammatories like aloe vera, green tea, and turmeric which can help your body flush out toxins, heal, and repair itself in a holistic, Healthy with Nedi way! 

Sweet Protein Berry-Boost

Serves 2

  • handful of ice
  • 1 tbsp body brilliance 
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 drop liquid stevia

2. Creamy Peach Delight

Not only does the Creamy Peach Delight taste like a dream, it will also directly help build muscle, burn fat, and keep you healthy and strong.

This creamy smoothie tastes like a special treat, and it is. When I make smoothies, I try to limit the amount of fruit I use due to its sugar content. Although it is all natural sugar, it is still sugar, and it can easily add up if you are not paying attention to what’s going into your mouth. Too much sugar gets converted into fat, and I always suggest to my clients who are trying to lose to limit their fruit intake to one or two servings a day. The flavor in this smoothie is out-of-this-world gooood!

Creamy Peachy Delight

Serves 2

  • handful of ice
  • 2 cups WANU Peach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 scoop Source Organic Whey Protein
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 drop liquid stevia

3. Sweet Nana

I love drinking the Sweet Nana pre-workout. The combo of chia seeds and peanut butter will boost your energy to help you power through your workout.

One of my favorite smoothie combinations! This tasty smoothie is full of fiber, protein, and omega-3’s. It's a great way to start your day if you are in a rush and don't have time to cook breakfast.

Sweet Nana Smoothie

Serves 3
 

  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 drop liquid stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (depending on how thick you would want your smoothie to be) 
  • 2 kiwis for decoration


DIRECTIONS

Cut the kiwi in slices and line the glass on the inside with it to make it look pretty.
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender and enjoy.


4. Morning Sunrise

The collagen in this smoothie will enable greater mobility and flexibility. Collagen is great for building stronger bones, joints, and lean, healthy muscles.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of vital polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for the human body. This smoothie is rich in dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants.

Morning Sunrise

Serves 2
 

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana, can be frozen
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp DR Axe collagen (optional)
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4-5 ice cubes

5. Chocolate Chunky Monkey

Almost too good to be true, this chocolately smoothie is packed with good for you nutrients and protein — and there’s no added sugar!

Just like the chocolate milk shake you loved as a child, but this one is packed with good-for-you nutrients and is sugar-free. Dark chocolate consumption can be useful in maintaining good heart health, as it decreases the amount of cholesterol and reduces inflammation. Once you’ve tried this smoothie, it will become your favorite go-to chocolate snack.

Chocolate Chunky Monkey

Serves 2

  • handful of ice
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • scoop of protein, I use Source Organic
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp organic almond butter
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond vanilla milk

You can find more delicious smoothie recipes in Healthy with Nedi’s Summer Smoothie e-book www.healthywithnedi.com/summer-smoothies-ebook

 

 

 

Neda Varbanova is a certified health coach and recipe creator who believes that healthy eating, fitness, and a positive outlook are the key to realizing true health. Neda's food philosophy is inspired by her mother, who has always prepared fresh daily meals with nothing short of simple, wholesome ingredients. When Neda arrived in New York during high school, she discovered that the American diet was lacking fresh foods, and has been dedicated to inspiring others to incorporate healthy foods into their lives ever since. Neda is a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, has a certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute, and is enrolled in the Master's Program in Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt.

 

Find Neda at Twitter @healthywithnedi, Instagram @healthywithnedi, or her blog Healthy With Nedi.