After my 11 mile run this morning I needed to replenish the 800+ calories I burned quick! To go along with the beautiful weather I decided a smoothie was the just the ticket! This smoothie, along with plenty of water, was the perfect post-workout drink!
Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe:
- 1 Cup frozen berries (I used the frozen berry medley from Trader Joe’s. Frozen berries keep the smoothie cold so you don’t need to add ice!)
- 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (I used the light version, but you can substitute regular milk, rice milk or soy milk, go crazy!)
- 1 Vanilla Greek Yogurt cup
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein powder
- A sprinkle of chia seeds (this is optional)
Blend all the ingredients together and the smoothie is ready to drink! Next time I might add a handful of spinach for some extra nutrients. If you don’t like vegetables, combining spinach or kale in a smoothie is a great way to hide the veggie taste, but still get those nutrients. I promise you won’t even taste it!
What is your favorite smoothie combination??
Watching this video inspired me to write this post about some additional energy boosting snacks that do not contain caffeine or processed sugars.
1. Apple and Peanut Butter
Apples are a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. The natural sugars in the apple will be sure to provide you with energy fast. The peanut butter contains a lot of protein, which will help you feel full and satisfied.
Popcorn also contains fiber which will help fill you up in between meals. However, make sure you get the fat-free kind because buttered popcorn contains a lot of saturated fat that can be harmful to your health and provides your body with zero benefits.
3. Vegetables and Hummus
Again, vegetables are a great source of fiber and provide your body with various vitamins and nutrients. Hummus is personally one of my favorite snacks (I highly recommend the Trader Joe’s brand). Hummus also has lots of protein since it is made from garbanzo beans. Red peppers, carrots, and even asparagus all taste great with hummus.
4. Plain non-fat Yogurt and fresh blueberries
Yogurt is also a good source of protein. Opt for plain yogurt because many flavored yogurts are packed with artificial sugars. Adding fresh fruit like blueberries will give it a naturally sweetened taste.
Oatmeal is a great source of whole grains. Buy plain oatmeal to avoid processed sugars and instead add fruit to boost flavor. Blueberries, strawberries, and bananas all taste great in oatmeal!