Monday, January 7, 2013

Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are great. They can replace a meal if you're trying to lose weight, or serve as a serious snack for those training hard or trying to put on muscle.

Depending on what I've got planned, I usually have one or two smoothies a day, in addition to my main meals and other snacks. I always have one before and after any serious strength training workout. I also make sure to have a smoothie about an hour or so before my martial arts training. It's a great way to fuel up without feeling heavy or overly full.

Here's my go-to smoothie recipe.
  • 8-10 oz. cold green tea or water

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup frozen organic mixed berries

  • 1/2 cup frozen organic spinach, kale, or both

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and/or chia seed

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons protein powder

  • 1 teaspoon powdered greens or spirulina (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)

A few quick points...
  • Add more green tea (or water) if the smoothie is too thick.

  • I use NutriBiotic rice protein powder. My smoothies tend to have 20-40 grams of protein.

  • Sometimes I substitute frozen tropical fruit (pinapple, papaya, mango, etc.) or acai in place of mixed berries.

  • You won't taste the spinach or kale.

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