5 Smoothies to add to your diet once you start to workout

Smoothies are wonderful options for a quick meal or snack. They are made of fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-rich ingredients all blended together to give you a thick shake type drink. Now when you begin to workout, you need all the help you can get to stay focussed on your workout plan and actually make it happen. Smoothies are just the thing you need.

The benefits of smoothies are multi-fold from helping you stay hydrated to boost weight loss to strengthening bones amongst many others. But you know the best thing about smoothies – they are super easy and quick to whip up.

Here are 5 smoothies you could add to your diet one you begin to workout, to help you get and stay fit:

The first thing you need to do when you begin your workouts is kick the caffeine. If you are a mother you probably heard a death sentence, come on no caffeine? How is a mother supposed to survive? Well the Citrus Energy Bursting Smoothie is your saviour! Packed with energy-boosting natural sugars, iron, folate and protein; sip on it and go about your workout recharged.

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Citrus Energy Bursting Smoothie:

Ingredients –

1 orange, peeled and chopped, seeds removed

1 lemon, peeled and chopped, seeds removed

4 spinach leaves

2 carrots, peeled and chopped (or grated)

1 ½ cups (375ml) almond milk

1 peach, peeled and chopped

Preparation –

Blend all ingredients together

Serves – 2

Calorie count – 143 per serving

Now of course you are working out to get fit, losing weight would be the icing on the cake! You want all the help you can get right? Well the Pineapple Smoothie can help boost weight loss and shed that unwanted belly fat.

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Pineapple Smoothie:

Ingredients –

1 cup skimmed milk

120ml pineapple tidbits in juice

Handful of ice

1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA)

Preparation –

Blend together milk and the pineapple tidbits in juice. Add the ice and whip together for a minute. Pour it intoa glass and stir in the flaxseed oil.

Serves – 1  

Calorie count – 271 per serving

All the working out is working up quite a hunger is it not? Sweating it out and then gaining it all back with what you eat is obviously not of any help. You have to be careful of what you eat to ensure you stay ahead in your game to stay fit. The Ginger, Berries and Oats Smoothie is the perfect low cal option packed with fresh fruits.

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Ginger, Berries and Oats Smoothie:

Ingredients –

¼ cup prepared oatmeal

¼ cup 1% low-fat milk

½ tsp grated fresh ginger

1 cup fresh blackberries

½ cup sliced strawberries

1 tsp honey

½ cup ice

Preparation –

Blend all ingredients together

Serves – 2

Calorie count – 179 per serving

Along with working out, it would be good and doubly beneficial to detox your body right now. Detox can help your work out by helping you lose weight, increase your energy levels and overall improve the quality of life. The Crazy Sexy Goddess Smoothie is just as good as it sounds, after all that is what each of us are! So here is how you can make yourself one, smoothie that is

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Crazy Sexy Goddess Smoothie:

Ingredients –

1 cucumber

1 medium banana

2 cups organic baby spinach

140 gm avocado

2 cups water

1 cup blueberries (frozen)

2 tsp ginger root

Preparation –

Blend all ingredients together

Serves – 2

Calorie count – 468 per serving

    Exhausted and tired after your workouts, you don’t think you can go on? You really want to give up? Don’t! You can do this and it is going to get better. Sip on the Beet and Strawberry Smoothie for that extra push for the next workout session. The nitrates from the beet are going to keep you going on.

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Beet and Strawberry Smoothie:

Ingredients –

4 beets, cooked and peeled

2 cups (500ml) unsweetened coconut water

2 cups (500ml) frozen strawberries

1 lime, juiced

Preparation –

Blend all ingredients together

Serves – 2

Calorie count – 147 per serving

 

 

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