This is my absolute go-to smoothie! Brilliant for a breakfast, a snack when you’re feeling peckish and craving something sweet, satisfying and filling, and it’s excellent for post-workout fuel (the main reason I have it!)
I love experimenting with different ingredients in my smoothies but this is definitely my favourite. There are a lot of different ingredients in this but combined they taste delicious and they provide some excellent nutrition – especially after a workout where you have been using weights and training your muscles as this drink has a great variety of carbs (they’re not all bad – trust me you need them!), protein (essential for gaining and maintining muscle and sugar (again – brilliant after a workout!).
I can’t recommend this smoothie for weight loss as I’m not trying to lose any weight, but it replenishes my body with nutrients after the gym and I can definitely recommend it post-workout (you can play about with it a bit to tailor for your macros!). It’s also an excellent way to get some of your 5-a-day in, and as I am so busy and on-the-go it’s brilliant to be able to fit this plus more goodness into a drink.
Here is a breakdown of the smoothie:
1 medium banana – chopped
Don’t be afraid of the banana! Yes, it’s carbier (is that a word?) than other fruits because it is lower in water, but bananas are a great source of natural sugar and potassium. As well as reducing blood pressure, supporting maintenance of your muscles potassium also eases water retention and bloating. So many benefits! Their vitamin B6 also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level and their fibre improves digestion – so many reasons to love the banana!
Strawberries – 4 or 5 halved
Blueberries – handful
Fresh berries are a great source of goodness, especially vitamin C – and in case you didn’t know, blueberries are a superfood! They have a high antioxidant value and the nutrients in them can help so many parts of your body including your memory, heart, eyes and blood sugar levels.
When berries are eaten raw in a smoothie they have the best taste and give you the most out of their goodness!
Almond milk – however much you like, depending how runny you like it!
This would be best unsweetened as it has less carbs and sugars, but my local supermarket didn’t have any this week! The Alpro one tastes lovely and Almond milk is a great alternative to regular milk because it’s better for your heart, cholestrol and waistline as it’s got no cholestrol and also naturally lactose free!
Protein powder– 2 scoops
Whey protein is best, but I love The Slender Blend from Protein World– their stuff is amazing, Superdrug have just started selling it too which means it’s easy to nip out and get some instead of having the wait for online shopping! Reeeesult!
Rolled oats – 2/3 spoonfuls (depending how hungry you are or how many carbs you need if you’re counting macros)
Oats, oats, oats! I just love my porridge for breakfast and I think this is why I adore putting oats in my smoothies – they keep you fuller for longer, have many health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering cholestrol and they taste so yummy!
Natural Greek yoghurt (Fage Total 0% is my favourite as it is so creamy but for today’s smoothie I used a great, cheap alternative from Tesco)
Greek yoghurt is a great snack anyway and I’m a fan of it with fruit and granola, but in a smoothie it adds a great thickness and creamy texture. It also adds extra protein and is brilliant after a workout for repairing damage done by exercise, keeping you full till your next meal, and protein is essential for gaining and maintaining muscle. Greek yoghurt is packed with probiotics great for the digestive system and the iodine in the yoghurt keeps a healthy metabolism (so it can actually improve the waistline!)
A squeeze of honey (optional)
Just for sweetness 🙂 (although protein powder and fruit adds sweetness!)
Blend together and enjoy! Remember if it’s a cheaper blender like mine then pulsing the blend button is good and remember holding it for 30 seconds or longer can burn it out!
I’ve put my Super Smoothie into My Fitness Pal and the rough macros (this is with maximum of everything) are:
Calories – 512
Fat (g) – 6.5
Carbs (g) – 94
Protein (g) – 30
I hope you enjoy!
Keep Smiling 🙂