Wow that week has gone so quickly - I can't believe it's time for my second 'How to' post of the year! Did you guys like the last one? This week I want to share with you one of my favourite recipes for a post-workout green smoothie that is the perfect start to your day!
I normally have this 4-5 times a week, using 1 carton of coconut water (it lasts for ages) and generally I have it after the gym/training so sometimes it's a quick breakfast and other times it's an evening pre-dinner filler. Either way you have it you need to trust me when I say it tastes good and doesn't have sh*t loads of added sugar!
One of the main problems I had when I started really taking my diet and fitness seriously was that I wanted the goodness of green smoothies and I really don't like taking protein powder on it's own with milk/water, but to make them taste nice I thought I had to add mango and blueberries and basically loads of fruit! To be honest I do still like to add blueberries from time to time as these are a low sugar fruit but more often than not I'm going to be eating them with some porridge later on anyway. I used to freeze my fruit and then blitz it up so it was nice and cold which does work really well but did mean I was adding sugar to my smoothie and so I couldn't eat fruit during the rest of the day (FYI I really enjoy eating fruit so didn't want my allowance taken up by the blender!).
After playing around with different recipes for a while I have settled on this one and have been having it this way for over a year now without getting bored! It's really simple too! I also shopped around for a while for a decent coconut water without loads of sugar and so far this 'Naked' one is by far the best when it comes to sugar content.
Handful of ice
Handful of spinach
Handful of kale
250ml coconut water
1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder
25g vanilla whey protein
Firstly, you need a really good smoothie blender, there are lots of people out there who love the Nutribullet but I'm a Nutri Ninja girl myself. I did a LOT of research before buying it and looking at comparisons between the two and every review came out with the Ninja on top - and it was cheaper for more power! I haven't looked back as it's such a wonderful piece of kit that I use daily (sometimes twice!).
So this is really simple - put the ice in first (this is important as it's less likely to harm the blender) then the spinach and kale. Fill up with coconut water (make sure you don't fill up too much, your blender should show a max limit) and add in a scoop of protein powder and matcha (and any blueberries or stuff you want to use in your fridge). Give it a blitz - I go for the 'Ultra blend' setting usually which always results in absolutely no bits, not even from the kale stalks and this takes about 60 seconds. Then it's literally good to go! I always drink it straight away so that it doesn't have time to separate (I like my smoothies frothy!) and it generally just tastes so much better this way.
If you give it a go, let me know what you think!
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