If you want to give yourself a boost of energy before hitting the gym, try this supercharged smoothie. It is easy to make and portable, and will deliver the nutrients that your muscles need. This smoothie is a great example of a pre-workout drink that can help you fuel up so that you can exercise to your full potential.
A lot of people focus only on refueling after a workout. However, it is also important to make sure you have the proper energy for the workout in the first place. Any smoothies or food enjoyed prior to a workout should be consumed at least 30 minutes beforehand, or ideally 60 minutes ahead of time.
Any smoothie enjoyed before your workout should be kept light and small. You want it to be easy to digest so that your stomach doesn’t get upset during the workout. It should also contain complex carbs for energy. The carbs can come from veggies, beans, sweet potatoes, or – like in this smoothie – dark berries. While you exercise, your muscles mainly use carbohydrates and fat as fuel. If you are doing high intensity exercises, more carbs are burned.
The goal is to fuel up for maximum performance during the workout. Smoothies are a great way to ensure that you get enough energy and stamina to have an effective workout. Exercising on an empty stomach can bring down your drive, and you may not train as hard as you can.
In this smoothie, almond milk is used as the base because it’s usually easier to digest than dairy milk. The spinach contains important potassium and iron, which will help with your energy levels. Dark berries, such as blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, provide complex carbs. The Greek yogurt is a good source of protein.
Protein is important for rebuilding muscle after your workout, but by incorporating a little beforehand you may be able to prevent muscle soreness. Whichever form of exercise you choose, it is important to take your nutrition seriously to get fit.
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp honey
1/4 cup ice cubes
1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend for at least one minute until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.