From fat-burning green tea smoothies, to muscle-building protein smoothies, these 5 healthy recipes are perfect for kick-starting your next workout. As well as being packed-full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, these recipes are low-calorie, diet-friendly and delicious!
5. Green Tea Fat-Burning Smoothie
½ cup of freshly brewed green tea
1tsp of honey
1 cup of frozen blueberries
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
The brewing of green tea leaves releases powerful, beneficial compounds, known as catechins. Green tea catechins have been shown to improve the body’s ability to burn fat, increasing the weight-loss power of exercise and contributing to overall decreases in body weight. This works synergistically with green tea’s relatively high caffeine levels, boosting energy and aiding fat burning. The combination of green tea and dairy can slow-down the digestion of the tea’s catechins, so we’ve opted for almond milk instead – which, in our opinion, tastes better as well!
4. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
½ cup of skim-milk
½ cup of low-fat plain yogurt
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
Hint of honey to taste
The next time you’re craving something sweet, forget the candy bars, and grab a glass of this peanut butter smoothie. Milk and yogurt make for a thick, creamy and surprisingly low-calorie treat. The combination of natural peanut butter and honey is sweet enough to satisfy your sweet-tooth without a ton of extra sugar. The smoothie also packs in a decent amount of protein – perfect if you’re working towards a lean, toned figure.
3. All-in-One Pre-Workout Smoothie
¼ cup of oats
1 scoop of chocolate whey protein
1 ½ cup of skim milk
Handful of raspberries
This smoothie is the perfect all-in-one pre-workout meal. The combination of oats and fresh fruit provide both simple and complex carbohydrates, perfect for boosting your pre-workout energy levels. Protein powder and milk provide plenty of amino acids, essential for muscle repair and growth. Fresh fruit is also insulinogenic, improving the body’s ability to absorb protein – making it the perfect pre-workout combination.
2. Cashew, Almond and berry Smoothie
¼ cup of cashew nuts
½ cup of sweetened almond milk
1 cup of frozen berries
1-2 tbsp of unsweetened peanut butter [optional]
Nuts pack a high-protein punch, and if you’re looking to cut-down on your dairy and meat, this smoothie is the perfect alternative to a protein shake. Cashews blend to a smooth, creamy consistency, making them perfect for smoothie-making. Almond milk is sweet and nutty, offering a load of protein without the fats and calories of dairy. Natural peanut butter is an extra indulgence, but don’t feel too bad – it still contains a ton of amino acids and essential fats!
1. Sweet Green Smoothie
1 cup of kale
½ cup of baby spinach leaves
1 cup of cubed mango
1 cup of fresh orange juice
Handful of chopped mint
Green smoothies are renowned for their incredible nutritional profile, with kale a particularly impressive source of vitamins and minerals. This version is healthy, refreshing and surprisingly tasty – thanks to the combination of mango and orange juice. Chopped mint provides an unusual and refreshing addition to the drink, making this our personal favorite green smoothie recipe!
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