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The Perfect Pre-Workout Green Smoothie Recipe


pre-workout green smoothie

Drinking green smoothies isn’t a diet—it’s a lifestyle. It’s about taking care of your body and staying healthy. In addition to fueling your body with green smoothies, we benefit so much from (you guessed it) exercise! Good old-fashioned increase-your-heart-rate and sweat-it-out exercise. To fuel your body while you get that heart rate up, we suggest a nutrient-rich pre-workout green smoothie.

You can read our whole list of pre-workout ingredients that we love adding to green smoothies here.

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Pre-Workout Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

The best kinds of pre-workout foods are filled with protein, good carbs, healthy fats. These ingredients help you stock up on energy, and keep you full for a long time. The apple, banana, rolled oats, coconut oil, and (of course) leafy greens make the perfect combination for a pre-workout green smoothie you can drink before every workout!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

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  1. Stacey

    February 19th, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This is a great smoothie recipe but I am allergic to bananas. What do you suggest as a substitute?

  2. Alicia

    February 19th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Stacey, I have used mangos (usually frozen) as a banana substitute and they work great!

  3. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    🙂 Great tip!

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Stacey!

    Some great banana substitutes are:

    Mango
    Papaya
    Pear
    Chia seeds
    Fresh dates
    Nut Butters
    Unsweetened applesauce
    Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)

  5. Ann

    February 19th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I have been putting a few fresh basil leaves in my smoothies. I bought a plant and was trying to figure out what to do with all the basil. Just a few leaves gives the smoothie a very elegant taste. It seemed strange at first but now I love the soft basil undertones!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    We totally love herbs too: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/detox-with-herbs Great thinking!

  7. Alicia

    February 19th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Stacey, I have used mangos (usually frozen) as a banana substitute and they work great!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    🙂 Great tips!

  9. Lindsay

    February 19th, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I absolutely love this smoothie!!!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    We’re so glad!

  11. Tatiana

    February 19th, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I’m allergic to apples what can i use as substitute?

  12. Kathy

    February 19th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Tatiana – you can substitute the apple with a pear.

  13. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    🙂 Perfect!

  14. Jill

    February 19th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    What are rolled oats?

  15. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Hey Jill.

    Raw Oats. 🙂

  16. tammy

    February 19th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    How many calories?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Tammy.

    We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  18. Stacey L.

    February 19th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Hello,
    I wanted to know is there a smoothie I can make that’s loaded with vitamin k. I heard vitamin k helps with the dark circles under the eyes.
    Thank you

  19. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 19th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Stacey!

    Great question. Vitamin K foods are packed in leafy greens, especially kale. 🙂

  20. Stacy

    February 19th, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Stacey, I’m a registered dietitian (I give every walking/talking patient this awesome website), kale and spinach are 2 of the highest food sources of Vit K.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Awesome, thanks so much, Stacy!

  22. Stacy

    February 19th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    SGS Godesses, I’m a registered dietitian, LOVE what you do, and I give every walking/talking patient and client this awesome website. Stacey, kale and spinach are both super high in vit K.

  23. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Cheers, you rawk! Thanks so much for spreading the green smoothie love!

  24. Cathy

    February 19th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Hi there, I enjoy the green smoothies first thing in the morning. I often add raw egg whites and a little organic raw cacao powder for the extra protein, energy and chocolatey taste.

  25. betsy

    February 20th, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I love your smoothies but I have one comment. Eating kale and spinach every day is not recommended because it can mess with the thyroid. I know substitutes can be made anytime but I feel that since there are people that don’t know that about kale and spinach, smoothy recipes should include other greens as the first choice. It’s not just your site, its almost all the juicing and smoothy sites and it worries me.

  26. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Hey Betsy.

    Thanks for reaching out. We love all leafy greens, here is a link to suggest to all of our rawkstars: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

  27. betsy

    February 23rd, 2015 at 11:14 am

    That’s an awesome link! Appreciate it, but still would like to see in the actual recipes other greens instead of the kale and spinach listed. I just think it’s an important change that needs to be addressed by all. Thanks!

  28. Nakia

    February 20th, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Hi. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been looking for a great pre-workout smoothie. You mentioned in the 5 boosts article that almond butter can be added…can we add it to this recipe? My other question is it a such thing as too much? Now that my kitchen is stocked with chia, hemp and flax seeds I will throw all three in my smoothie…is that overboard and about how much of each would you recommend? Thank you!

  29. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Nakia.

    Thanks for reaching out. We would suggest using one or two in each smoothie, one serving of each. Hope that helps. 🙂

  30. Dorothea

    February 20th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This is a delicious smoothie recipe! I didn’t have any ripe bananas so I substituted a very ripe mango I had in the fridge. It turned out great and my daughter loved it too. Keep up the good work 🙂

  31. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Wonderful! 🙂

  32. Rafaela

    February 21st, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Hi!

    Can you tell me, when do we need to eat/drink this smoothie?
    I mean, how long before workout?
    When I eat something right before, I don’t feel good during exercise. But I didn’ try these smoothies so I don’t know for them

  33. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Rafaela.

    Thanks for the comment. I am with you, I prefer not to eat before I work out, listen to your body.

    We have other SGS team members that love to fuel their body before they work out, which is great. You just do what is best for your body. 🙂

  34. Jessica

    February 25th, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I always try to eat something at least an hour before my workouts. I feel energized during them and not sick from eating right before.

  35. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 25th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great tips. 🙂

  36. jackie

    February 21st, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I am have diabetes what are low sugar fruits what can I do.

  37. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Jackie. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

  38. Shellie Jo

    April 9th, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I use avocado instead of a banana which is higher in sugar.

  39. SGS Rawkstar

    April 9th, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Great suggestion Shellie!

  40. Imrana

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I have a allergic to coconut oil, Any substitute

  41. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Imrana.

    Here is a link to our favorite health fats you could sub in: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

  42. Dorothy

    February 26th, 2015 at 3:29 am

    A lot of the smoothies make 2 or more servings (which I love!) but am curious if it is ok to refrigerate or freeze for later? I’m working on getting my kids to drink with me, but until then…

  43. Aria

    March 1st, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I find that refrigerating my smoothies makes them taste a little… off afterwards. Just not as delicious. But it depends on the smoothie for that.

    Nutritionally, it’s nothing too much to worry about 🙂 Maybe some air/light sensitive nutrients might break down a bit, but nothing compared to a juice (which must be sipped up asap!)

  44. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 2nd, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Yes, you can store them in the fridge for 2 days or just half the recipe if you prefer a fresh blend. 🙂

  45. Lisa

    March 1st, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Hi,
    I am new to juicing and smoothies and have never been too keen on green veggies. In fact, the thought of eating them makes me go ugh!
    What can I add to the greens to make the taste more tolerable for this newbie?
    Thanks so much! ♥

  46. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 2nd, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hey Lisa!

    Welcome! Have you tried this recipe yet? https://simplegreensmoothies.com/beginners-luck-green-smoothie

  47. Tina

    March 10th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Hi I just curious if these smoothies can be made with water instead of almond milk?

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