The Smoothie Scoop (with recipes)

August 9, 2018

 

Are you ever tempted to try a post workout smoothie that is made at your gym? It may seem like a healthy decision because they advertise the flavor and the amount of protein that the shake may be comprised of, but they do not advertise the amount of added sugars and refined carbohydrates that actually make up this smoothie. As a previous gym employee from two separate establishments, I have seen it all. Fruit purees that have more than what should just be fruit, in order to prolong the shelf life. Rather than using real fruit, bags of imitation fruit flavors are used to give that fruity taste. Protein powders are used that are composed of a complicated, long list of ingredients when our food should be low in ingredients with ingredients that we know, trust, and can pronounce.

 

So, what is it that we can do to avoid the added sugars but still enjoy a great post workout smoothie? —Make your own at home! By making your own smoothie at home, you have control over the ingredients and the portions that you put into your smoothie. Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes when I am craving a fruity, cold snack!


*Add 1/2 avocado to any smoothie for added creaminess and healthy fat content to keep you fuller longer!*

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • ½ cup of blueberries

  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter

  • 1 container (150 g) of Oikos triple zero greek yogurt in mixed berry flavor

  • Handful of ice

 

Strawberry and Banana

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • ½ cup of strawberries

  • 1 banana

  • 1 container (150 g) of Oikos triple zero greek yogurt in strawberry flavor

  • Handful of ice

 

Peach Cobbler

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 peach chopped

  • 1 container (150 g) of Oikos triple zero greek yogurt in vanilla flavor

  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • Dash of nutmeg

  • Sprinkle of granola for added crunch (Bob's Red Mill brand)

  • Handful of ice

 

Green Machine

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 cup raw spinach

  • ½ cup of pineapple

  • 1 container (150 g) of Oikos triple zero greek yogurt in vanilla flavor

  • ½ banana

  • ½ cup of kale

  • Handful of ice

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