Smoothies are efficient and delicious way to pack a whole load of nutrients into your diet without having to sit down at the dinner table for a huge meal. Many of us looking to build muscle or loose fat simply don’t have the time to prepare and cook complex hot meals so throwing together a few nutritional heroes into a blender is the next best thing. I often like to drink smoothies at breakfast time as this tends to be the time of day when I’m in a mad rush to get out the door and on my way to work. Smoothies are incredibly versatile however and can be made and consumed easily at home, in the office or in the gym.
Here are some delicious easy recipes to get you on your way to smoothie heaven.
This a a great smoothie for the morning, the blended frozen fruit really gives you a wake up call and the oats provide slow releasing carbs that will keep you full all morning.
50g Frozen Mango
50g Frozen Blueberry
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
250ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
Simply throw all the ingredients in a blender for seconds until you get a smooth, consistent paste. This should be thin enough to drink straight from a glass but thick enough to eat with a spoon if you wish. The sweet mango and tart blueberries compliment each other perfectly giving just enough sweetness to enliven your taste buds first thing.
Imagine the situation, you invite all your friends around to watch a film, they come baring fatty, salty snacks and sugar-laden buckets of fizzy drink. You want to dive in but your guilty conscience gets the better of you, what can you sit down with and enjoy while your friends gorge on their calorie packed snacks? The Choco-Coffe Comforter may be your answer!
2 Tablespoons Coco-Powder
2 Teaspoon Instant Coffee
1 scoop Chocolate protein powder
250ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
Whizz this lot up and you will be rewarded with the most divine tasting chocolately, coffee-y concoction that just melts in your mouth. If this is too thick for you simply adjust the amount of milk you add. You could even make this into a hot beverage by adding some boiling water. Present this in a nice glass, dust it with some coco powder and a couple of chocolate drops and you will have an evening treat to make your chip n dip scoffing friends green with envy!
Joe is an avid health blogger who currently works for a van leasing firm.
- Getting Healthy with a Smoothie Maker (freeacaiberry.org)
- Tips for Buying Protein Powder for Women (weightlossdietforum.com)