3 Perfect Pre-Workout Smoothies
Before you hit the gym or lace up for your daily run, you'll want to fuel up your body with something light and packed with nutrients. Many people reach for a smoothie, but what should you include in your smoothie to keep it low on calories but still give you enough to get through your workout? Here are three easy smoothies you can conveniently prepare in your Oster® My Blend® Blender. Just blend it, flip it over, attach the lid and take it on the go!
1. Blueberry Honey Pre-Workout Smoothie
No one trains harder than triathletes, which means that no one needs a better pre-workout smoothie than them either. Ironman, the organization behind the hardest and most famous triathlons, suggested a special pre-exercise smoothie from nutritionist and pro triathlete Pip Taylor that features honey, blueberries and yogurt. The fruit and honey are for quick energy, the yogurt for probiotics and blueberries for antioxidants.
Just blend 3/4 cups of blueberries, 3/4 of plain yogurt, 2 of teaspoons of honey and 3 ice cubes in your personal fitness blender for a quick and simple way to power your workout.
2. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Just add peanut butter, a whole banana and milk to your personal blender for big boost before your exercise, Fitness magazine suggested. What could be more simple than that?
But this smoothie isn't just quick and easy to make, it's loaded with nutrients. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a large banana has 487 milligrams of potassium, 87 milligrams of vitamin A as well as calcium and magnesium - great for fighting off cramps. Additionally, a cup of smooth peanut butter has about 55 grams of protein, while a cup of 1 percent milk has about 300 milligrams of calcium, according to the USDA. This three-ingredient smoothie is loaded for workout-supporting nutrients.
3. Sweet Green Smoothie
Fruit and dairy are great for pre-workout smoothies, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some vegetables too. Fill up a larger performance blender with plenty of greens and fruits for a few smoothies complete with tons of minerals and vitamins. Blend 2 cups of frozen spinach, 1 pitted avocado, 1 cup collard greens, 1 banana, 1 cup raspberries, 1 pear, 1 cup kale and some honey, for a sweet, but green, pre-workout beverage.
Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise routine to make sure you are ready for athletic activity. These are suggestions for workouts, not strict directives.