Smoothies are beneficial for many reasons. They are healthy, easy to make, and can be made with whatever ingredients you like. They are also great to have before a workout to help boost your performance. By including nutritious ingredients into your smoothie, you can get a better workout in. Here is some important information about having pre-workout drinks and 5 of the best recipes you can try.
Why is a Pre-Workout Smoothie Helpful?
In order for your body to reap the benefits of a workout, it needs fuel. That fuel can come from different foods that can be included in smoothies. They are also great to help you hydrate and can be beneficial for building muscle and recovery. About 1-2 hours before your workout, you should make and enjoy a delicious smoothie. Some smoothies can even include caffeine to help boost energy and performance.
Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
If you love bananas and cinnamon, this is a great one to try out.
Here is what you need:
- 1 banana
- 3 pitted dates
- 1 cup coconut milk (or a milk of your choice)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla is best for flavor)
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ vanilla extract (optional)
You can combine all the ingredients in a blender and smooth until it is at your desired thickness. If you would like to thicken this delicious “milkshake”, put the banana in the freezer the night before. It will thicken the consistency.
Cinnamon is not only delicious, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial to recovery when working out. Bananas include potassium, which is helpful for building muscles.
This smoothie is great for a pre-workout drink to help boost your energy and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Here is what you will need:
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of raw spinach
- 1 cup kiwi cucumber WANU
- 1 cored apple
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup oats – rolled
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Also note that you can add protein powder if you’d like as an added source of energy, but it is not required to make this green smoothie delicious and beneficial. Just add the ingredients and blend. Due to the kiwi cucumber WANU and spinach, this drink will help you to hydrate prior to your workout.
Staying hydrated is important for energy and recovery. The oats are a great source of energy because they will make you feel full for a while. This gives you ever-lasting energy throughout the entire workout.
Simple and Healthy Chia Fresca Smoothie
One of the best parts of this smoothie is the coconut oil, which is naturally loaded with antioxidants and electrolytes that will keep your body hydrated throughout your workout.
Here is what you will need for ingredients:
- Lime juice – freshly squeezed
- ½ teaspoon of maple syrup
- 8 oz. coconut water
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
You’ll notice there is no milk in this, so it is more of a pre-workout drink than an actual smoothie, but it has healthy ingredients to keep you going throughout your workout. You can also add some fruit to it for a sweeter flavor, such as peaches or strawberries.
Add all the ingredients into a glass and allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes. This will help the chia seeds to become a bit softer because they will absorb some of the coconut water. An added benefit of this drink is that it can last up to a week in the refrigerator.
PBB and Oatmeal Smoothie
This Peanut Butter Banana and Oatmeal smoothie will give you what you need before a workout.
Here is what you need to get started:
- ¼ cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of almond milk (or a milk of your choice)
- 3 tablespoons of peanut powder (Jif)
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Before combining the ingredients, cut the banana up into small pieces. This will allow it to blend easier. Combine the cut-up banana and the rest of the ingredients into the blender. You can even top the smoothie with some oats or granola. Peanut butter (especially the powder) is a great source of protein. It will give you lots of energy before your workout.
Coffee Banana Smoothie
Coffee is your friend when working out. It gives you a great boost of energy that allows you to get the most out of your exercise. Here is what you need for this delicious smoothie:
- ¾ brewed coffee
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons of oats, old-fashioned rolled
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey
Put all the ingredients in a blender until the consistency is how you like it.
Having a pre-workout smoothie will help you to boost energy, build muscle, and will also help with recovery. These delicious recipes have many nutritional benefits and are delicious.