12 healthy smoothie recipes to supercharge your workout
Fuel your fitness with one of these protein-packed smoothies
Get energized for a workout with this banana smoothie. According to research published in the online scientific journal PLoS One, consuming a banana during a workout is as beneficial as a sports drink. Plus, bananas provide antioxidants, potassium and other nutritional benefits. Adding walnuts increases your protein and healthy-fats intake.
Get the recipe: Banana-Walnut Bliss
Kiwi ‘n Kale Smoothie
Get energized with some protein-packed green power! Combining veggies and fruit in a milk smoothie is a sweet way to do it. Kale is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K; calcium; and iron.
Get the recipe: Kiwi ‘n Kale Smoothie
Oat Cocoa Smoothie
A recent Canadian study found that overweight women who exercised regularly and followed a high-dairy (and calorie-restricted) diet for four months lost fat and gained 1 1/2 pounds of calorie-burning lean body mass. Milk and other dairy products may help regulate appetite, and its protein can build muscle.
Get the recipe: Oat Cocoa Smoothie
Pink grapefruit, pineapple and strawberries are super-high in vitamin C-a disease-fighting antioxidant. And if you tend to have low iron levels, it’s good to know that vitamin C helps with absorption of this mineral. So power up your morning with this delicious smoothie. Yum!
Get the recipe: C-Blast Smoothie
Blueberry-Avocado Layered Smoothie
Look after your mind and your heart with this blueberry-avocado layered smoothie recipe that we adapted from the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. Wild Blueberries are good brain food, and avocados are packed with the kind of fats that help lower cholesterol and improve cardio health.
Get the recipe: Blueberry-Avocado Layered Smoothie
Banana Pear Smoothie
Power up your morning with this pear-and-banana smoothie. One serving has almost a quarter of your daily vitamin C requirements. Plus, it has a good amount of fibre (28 percent of the daily value), which promotes digestion and regularity. According to a University of Illinois study, fibre can also help boost the immune system.
Get the recipe: Banana Pear Smoothie
Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie
Who needs caffeine when you have the energy-boosting power of natural sugars plus the iron in spinach and folate in citrus fruits? The almond milk is a great protein source, too.
Get the recipe: Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie
Popeye was right: Spinach will keep you strong. Swedish researchers have found that inorganic nitrate-abundant in spinach-results in muscles using less oxygen, which improves muscle performance. Try this naturally sweet smoothie for breakfast or before your workout.
Get the recipe: Superwoman Smoothie
Beet and Strawberry Smoothie
Want a little push to get you through your next workout? Beets, which have lots of nitrate, can help to keep you moving. According to one study, nitrates improved oxygen use and helped study subjects exercise for up to 16 percent longer.
Get the recipe: Beet and Strawberry Smoothie
Spinach and Strawberry Smoothie
Spinach…in a smoothie? Don’t let the title fool you. Though each serving is packed with an incredible full cup of this nutritional powerhouse, the sweetness of fresh strawberries and banana is front and centre in this deliciously drinkable treat.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Strawberry Smoothie
Chocolate Almond Smoothie
This satisfying, antioxidant-rich chocolate almond smoothie will keep the hunger away for hours.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Almond Smoothie