Our bodies are the most advanced engines known to man. Like an automotive engine running on unleaded gas, without the right fuel the body simply won’t perform at its peak.
And just like that car engine, putting the wrong fuel in our bodies can have a negative impact on progress.
There isn’t an exercise program known to man that will provide long term, sustainable results without a shift in diet.
Smoothies are a great source of the nutrients needed to fuel up before and recover after a workout. The following are seven of the best smoothies to help supercharge your workout.
1. Banana Walnut Bliss
Many people trying to break into a new fitness routine focus solely on fueling their bodies during the recovery phase after a workout is complete, ignoring the equally important power up phase before working out.
Bananas pack one of the greatest nutrient punches in the food kingdom.
Loaded with potassium and antioxidants, as well as other vital nutrients, bananas provide as much of a pre-workout boost as some of the leading sports drinks and synthetic supplements.
The Banana Walnut Bliss smoothie packs all the importance of a banana into a delicious pre-workout drink; and with the added walnuts it also provides the body with a shot of protein and healthy fats to help power through the toughest workouts.
Like any good pre-workout snack, this smoothie should be consumed at least 30 minutes before hitting the gym. This gives the body enough time to process the nutrients through its system and have them available to burn during an exercise regimen.
Ingredients: 2 cups skim milk, 1 banana, 1 TBSP honey, ¼ TSP vanilla extract, handful walnut halves.
Nutrition: 227 calories, 10 g protein, 5 g fat, 37 g carbohydrates, and 2 g fiber.