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Great smoothie ideas for training:

Most of you will already know that after a hard training session, be it a run, a session at the gym or whatever else you are doing, you need to refuel your body within 30 minutes. This is all well and good in theory but after a hard workout the likelihood is that all you really want is a long cold drink and to hit the shower.

The thought of eating a healthy meal within half an hour of training is very unappealing, and that’s where the smoothie steps in. Easy to make, digest and providing your body with what it needs to recover, they are ideal as long as you make yours and don’t go down the calorie laden and nutritionally lacking ready made route. Without further ado here are some great smoothie ideas to slot into your training regime.

Coffee and Crunch

Into your blender or smoothie maker put;

4oz fat free milk
4oz chilled coffee
1 sliced banana, preferably frozen
2tblsp whole almonds
2tblsp cocoa powder

The coffee and carb combination make this a brilliant smoothie to refuel following a work out, and it tastes great too. The heart healthy fat from the almonds and the potassium from the banana will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time. This smoothie contains 252 kcal, 35g carbs, 11g fat, 10g protein, 6g fiber.

Breakfast on the Go

4oz fat free milk
2oz frozen blueberries
2oz Greek yoghurt – plain and fat free
1oz uncooked natural oats
1tblsp ground flaxseed

This protein packed smoothie is the perfect smoothie to repair the muscles following a long run or hard workout. A recent study has discovered that drinking fat free milk following a workout can actually help you to lose fat and gain muscle. The antioxidants in the blueberries will neutralize those free radicals that have been caused by you exercising and the Omega-3 in the flaxseed will lower cholesterol. This smoothie contains 290 kcal, 41g carbs, 22g protein, 6g fiber, 5g fat and is one strongly recommended by the folks at Vibe Personal Training.

Super Savory Surprise

This recipe was originally devised by a sports nutritionist and is an excellent balance of nutrients that get straight into your body and help you recover quicker.

6oz carrot juice
¼ of an avocado
1tbsp fresh lemon juice
2oz water
1tblsp freshly grated ginger
pinch of cayenne pepper

The vitamin A in the carrot juice replenishes the immune system which is depleted by strenuous exercise. The ginger is known for relieving post exercise pain in the muscles while a silky texture comes courtesy of the avocado as do monounsaturated fats for heart health. Cayenne pepper is added as it has been proven that the capsaicin within the pepper gives the metabolism a temporary boost to burn a few more calories. This super savory smoothie contains only 161 kcal as well as 23g carbs, 8g fat, 5g fiber and 3g protein.

Honeydew-Kiwi Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cubed honeydew
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut up
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut up
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender container, combine honeydew, apple, kiwifruit, and lemon juice. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until cubes are crushed and mixture is slushy.
  3. Garnish with additional honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices, if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

Healthy Smoothie Recipes For A Healthy Life

healthy smoothie recipes

There is a health epidemic going on right now. The majority of the US population is overweight. Being overweight and unhealthy is linked to killers such as diabetes, kidney disease, and even cancer.

If someone could hand you a magic drink that you could have everyday to help you lose weight, feel better, provide more energy, clear your skin, help you sleep better, and lengthen you life… wouldn’t you take it? Especially if it tasted good? Well, that magic drink is a healthy smoothie.

My name is Drew and I am a health coach and healthy food crusader. My mission in life is to get people to start making healthier food choices and hopefully save some lives along the way. In my experience the average person is not too excited about eating fruits and vegetables. I could sit here and tell you to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day but would you really do it? The average person has barely one serving a day and that still is questionable because that iceberg lettuce on your Caesar salad for lunch does not count. The worst part is that instead of fruits and vegetables people are consuming pounds and pounds of sugar and refined flour products that just add to the health problems. So that is where smoothies come in.

What is a healthy smoothie?

I know you’re idea of a smoothie is probably the one you get at Jamba Juice that has all sort of extra sugar in it (ask them what the liquid is they use to make the smoothie) or something with a handful of fruit and 3 scoops of ice cream in it. Well this is not what I am talking about. A healthy smoothie is all the healthy things that you are supposed to eat but don’t, all blended up into a great tasting shake. They taste amazing and will make you feel amazing. The fact that they taste great is one of the major reasons to give them a try. And all it requires is a blender and few ingredients.

Why can’t I just eat my fruits and vegetables?

The recommended serving of fruits and vegetables per day is not realistic for most people. It’s actually hard to find a lot of places that sell vegetables on your lunch break. And in the morning, you are probably more concerned with sleeping in and getting out the door than eating anything healthy. So that is where smoothies come in. They are quick and easy to make and give you all the health you need in a glass. Instead of having to eat 2 bags of spinach for breakfast you can have a delicious healthy smoothie instead.

What sort of Blender do I need?

You will need a blender that is capable of at least crushing ice. This will ensure that it can also blend up greens and fruits. For more information on blenders and blender recommendations for smoothie making see this article Best blender for smoothies.

I have a blender, now what?

The first thing to do is cover the basics of smoothie making. It isn’t too complicated but there are certain steps you should be aware of. Read all about the basics of smoothie making here.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Now it’s time to try out some smoothie recipes and see just how good they actually tasted. Pick any smoothie that sounds good and give it a shot.

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9 Top Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

It’s strange. Once someone starts to drink a smoothie with added greens daily for a month or two, they start to get compliments on how radiant their skin looks, on how slim their body is becoming, and on how much vibrant energy they have.

You can expect some of the following things to occur:

1. More Energy

Believe me, I know… I have a toddler, an infant, and run my own business. All the while I need to clean the house and prepare meals. Life is crazy! That is why it is so important to keep processed foods out of the home and nutrient dense smoothies readily available us and our loved ones. We can’t afford to not receive the benefits of green smoothies.

2. Regular Digestion

There will be no need for a reader’s digest in the bathroom anymore! Through my years of studying health, having clean bowels is one of the most important things that you can do for your body. The bowels get rid of toxins and the digested food.

Many experts say that you need to have a bowel movement at least 2-3 times per day. The bowels should be soft and easy to eliminate. A green smoothie made with kale seems to work the best.

3. Experience fewer cravings for sugary and salty processed food

Out of all of the benefits of green smoothies, this one is my favorite. There is nothing like breaking free from the bonds of unhealthy snack food.

My cravings for chocolate and chips were so bad that I would drive to the store in the middle of the night. Not good for my weight, my health, or my wallet! It took about 2 months of green smoothies for my body to start craving healthy foods. Boy, did it feel good!

Just think… you can break free from your food addiction too!

4. Receive fewer mood swings

5. Lose weight!

Your body will be getting the nutrients that it needs. So you will not be rummaging through you pantry for unhealthy snacks. The less junk that you eat, the less junk that will be in your trunk.

6. Your skin becomes radiant!

When your bowels are moving correctly, you body can eliminate toxins in an efficient manner. Usually someone with acne and other skin problem have a problem with regular bowels. When the toxins cannot leave through the bowel regularly, they have to leave somewhere else, your skin.

By drinking a daily green smoothie, you can improve your digestive system that in turn improves your skin. You could say it is green smoothie beauty!

There are many different opinions on how to make your skin shine with radiance. Fancy creams and expensive surgeries will not replace eating wholesome foods. A diet for good skin is one of the best things that you can do to transform your skin from the inside out.

There are other secrets that can give you glowing results. Check out these five natural beauty tips that will rejuvenate your skin.

7. You may feel an urge to start exercising.

Your body craves to be used. But processed foods drain our bodies of the much needed energy. Replace the junk food with nutrient dense foods, and your body will be bounding with energy.

8. Blood sugars may be stabilized

If you are a diabetic, you may need to choose low sugar fruits at first. Such as berries, green apples, grapefruit, etc.

9. Hair and nails grow in faster and stronger

Pumpkin Smoothie

If you haven’t visited a MixStirs in the last few weeks then you haven’t had a Pumpkin Stir, our Smoothie of the Month for November.  MixStir’s Pumpin’ Pumpkin Stir is pumpkin pie in a cup.  The smooth pumpkin, topped with whip cream and graham cracker crumbs tastes as good as it sounds.  Even if you are not a pumpkin fan, give it a try, you won’t believe your eyes, or taste buds rather.