Five Post-Workout Smoothies…Or Anytime, For That Matter!

In April, Fitness First Australia generously gave me $250 to put towards supercharging my health. Amazing, right? I could have created a list of a hundred and one things to invest in. Some contemplated ideas: hot yoga passes, new fitness clothing, or a consultation with a holistic nutritionist/dietician. Despite the endless and exciting possibilities, deep down I really knew that this opportunity should only result in the purchase of one thing, and one thing only…

Finally! After a year of whining and complaining about my old, dysfunctional blender, I bit the bullet and ordered an Omniblend {I had to put forward an extra $100 of my own money to round out the purchase}.  It’s not as pricey as some high quality blenders on the market, but completely met my requirements for everything I wanted in my new appliance. I have certainly been getting my money’s worth!

There are so many things that I’m looking forward to making in my new blender, many of which I have never made before, since my previous blender could barely dismantle an ice cube:

  • Soups
  • Batters
  • Nut Butters
  • Dips
  • Pesto & Sauces
  • Energy Bar Bases
  • Juices
  • Cocktails
  • …the list goes on.

So far, though, I’ve been sticking to my tried and true blender favourite: smoothies. I must say, they are tasting so much better than normal; they have a far superior consistency which can be attributed to a good quality blender.

One of my favourite times to have a smoothie is post-workout. If I’m consuming it as a “mini-meal”, I’ll most always try to incorporate a protein source within the concoction. Sometimes this may mean an organic/all-natural pea, rice or whey protein powder, whereas other times I will use things like nuts, cottage cheese, or hemp hearts.

In celebration of my newest kitchen addition, I’ve complied recipes for my five go-to smoothies for a healthy, satisfying, post-workout boost. Keep in mind that some of the smoothies like the Coco Banana are a bit higher in protein than others. If I have something like the Banana Berry, then I’ll usually add another protein source to my snack. You’ll see that I also included my favourite Green Mango smoothie, which actually does not have a main protein source, so I always add something alongside it. It’s just one of my favourite smoothies, and I couldn’t bear to leave it out. Perfect and refreshing after a light yoga workout or a walk (or even first thing in the morning). I’ll admit, I am not big on many green smoothie/juice recipes out there, but this one is a winner in my books.

Enjoy!

Creamy Blueberry Smoothie

Coco Banana Smoothie

 

Almond Date Smoothie

 

Green Mango Smoothie

These are just a handful of my current favourites that have been part of my rotation as of late.

A very special thanks to Fitness First Australia for helping me supercharge my health this month. This blender has been a long time coming, and I’m thoroughly enjoying my daily smoothie. It is a quick, easy, and versatile snack option that provides you with a perfect boost of energy in any given circumstance.

Do you have a go-to smoothie recipe? Please share!!! 

 

This post is brought to you in partnership with Fitness First as part of their #changeforthebest campaign, inspiring Australians to take charge of their health and wellness in 2014.

 

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