To fuel your body while you get that heart rate up, we suggest a nutrient-rich pre-workout smoothie.
Drinking a daily green smoothie 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 tasty plant-based smoothies, it’s important to exercise daily. Walking, hiking, bootcamp, chasing kids and biking are all great options.
Best Pre-Workout Smoothie Ingredients
Before your workout, stock up on healthy fats with a moderate amount of carbs and protein. You can add any of these to a pre-workout smoothie to boost the health benefits. Here’s five foods that are perfect to eat before you get your sweat on:
We love bananas as a pre-workout food for so many reasons! Bananas are packed with tryptophan, which your body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical the body creates that sends us happy vibes. Throw in the fact that bananas are loaded with carbohydrates that help energize your body, and you can see why we put bananas at the top of our list.
Oats make this list for one simple fact: they take a long time to digest. This means that they provide long-lasting energy during your workout! Oats also help maintain stable blood sugar during your workout, which is always a good thing. You can add dry oats, soaked oats or even cooked oats to your smoothie. We usually recommend adding 2 tbs dry oats, or 1/4 cup cooked oats to any pre-workout smoothie recipe.
Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin’s main role in the body is to deliver more oxygen to the lungs. When you get more oxygen to your lungs during a workout, you have more endurance. This makes it so much easier to get through that hour-long spin class!
If you’re exercising for weight loss, then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you in a pre-workout smoothie. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts your metabolism (as opposed to saturated fats that add body fat). Add coconut oil to your smoothie before you workout to help you maintain energy throughout your entire routine, while also fighting that body fat like crazy.
Nut butters are quick and easy… just grab a spoonful and you’re on your way. But the best reason to eat nut butter before a workout is because it’s loaded with healthy fats and fiber, which keep you feeling full and energetic throughout your entire workout. There are many kinds of nut butters to choose from, but our favorite is almond butter. Add 1-2 tbs to your pre-workout smoothie.
Plant-Based Protein Powder
Adding a scoop of a clean, plant-based protein powder can quickly boost the protein of your smoothie. Protein Smoothie Boost is our favorite because it is organic AND only has 3 ingredients: Hemp, chia and flax which is the perfect blend of protein and healthy fats.Print
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 smoothie you can drink before every workout!
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 apple
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
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3 More Pre-Workout Smoothie Recipes
Looking for more great pre-workout smoothies? We have tons of them on the blog because I love fitness and finding recipes that enhance my workout. You can access all of our fitness food recipes here. Or if you want 3 solid recommendations, check out these ones:
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 8.27.2020 | COMMENTS: 258