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12 Best Smoothie Recipes To Fuel Your Workout
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12 Best Smoothie Recipes To Fuel Your Workout

It’s that time of day, time to get moving for your workout. However, you’re feeling low on energy and not very motivated. But pumping your system full of sugar and caffeine with energy drinks and pre-workout doesn’t feel quite right. We have all been there babe, and we have the perfect solution! Smoothies! That’s right, smoothies are certainly the answer. They can give you that extra boost of energy you need to surely crush your workout. Jump in for 12 of the Best Smoothie Recipes to fuel your workout!

Why are Smoothies a great option?

Smoothies are great for added energy, as well as packing in nutrients and vitamins for your body it may not get from the rest of your diet. These extra nutrients can keep you performing at your best! The best part you ask? Smoothies are totally customizable! Basically the list of smoothie recipes doesn’t end, so you’re sure to find one that you love and gives you the boost you need!

A woman smiling as she puts ingredients into a blender

Smoothie 101:

Before we jump in, let’s start with the basics. What makes a great smoothie? Smoothie ingredients vary depending upon what you’re in the mood for and what you need out of your smoothie, but there are some basics to follow. Most include a delicious combination of fruit, veggies, nuts or seeds, and liquid such as juice or almond milk. What’s more, these are great options and nutritious ingredients that are sure to fuel you all workout long! Here is the basic step-by-step smoothie formula you can use to get you started. From here you can really get creative and make it your own!

1. Pick Your Base:

Firstly, start with a base. This will determine the thickness of your smoothie. Greek yogurt, avocado, nut butter, or banana are all certainly options! These will give your smoothie both a thick and creamy texture. If you like thinner smoothies you can opt for something not as thick, such as water, or skip this step.

2. Pick Your Fruit:

Secondly, grab a fruit! This part is super fun, don’t be afraid to get creative! From tropical coconut and pineapple smoothies to creamy PB&J smoothies your options are basically limitless! Opt for frozen fruit for a colder and thicker smoothie, or fresh fruit for a thinner smoothie option. Basically, you can’t go wrong here!

3. Pick Your Liquid:

Thirdly, you’ll pick a liquid. Depending on how thick or thin you want your smoothie, will determine how much and what kind of liquid you will add. This can be milk, a milk alternative, water, or fruit juice! Another great way to customize the consistency and flavor for any day and any workout!

4. Pick Your Add-Ons:

The sky is the limit! Lastly, you can add veggies for extra nutrients, add in nuts for a thicker or crunchier texture, add in sweeteners like honey or agave for a sweet treat, or add protein powder to help you through that workout! I.e. you can add just about anything as an add-on to up your smoothie game with delicious and nutritious add-ons!

Now, let’s take a look at our top 12 FAVE smoothie recipes to get you up and moving for your workout.

Our 12 FAVE Smoothies!

1: So Berry Sweet (Mixed Berry & Spinach Smoothie)

This smoothie recipe is a great basic to keep on hand! What’s more, the ingredients are packed full of vitamins and minerals that will have you feeling great from the inside out. The combination of almond milk, and mixed berries is so sweet and delicious that you don’t even notice those vital leafy greens doing wonders for your health! A true staple smoothie that will always get the job done, energizing you through your workout while tasting like a sweet treat.

@marynouraa My go to breakfast or post workout smoothie 🤤 #healthy #smoothie #fitness ♬ Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby) – Megan Thee Stallion

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 – 2 cups of mixed berries (Frozen)
  • 1 banana (Fresh)
  • Handful of strawberries (Fresh)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • *Optional: 1 scoop of super greens powder
  • *Optional: 1 cup of ice
  • *Optional: Honey
@growwithjo A clean energy boost 🍵⚡️👀 #smoothie #weightloss #healthyfood #grwm #gymtok #fyp ♬ A-O-K – Tai Verdes

2: Love You So Matcha (Matcha & Banana Smoothie)

This matcha smoothie is to die for! If you love iced matcha lattes as much as we do, you are in for a treat. This matcha smoothie tastes like your fave drink from your local coffee shop but does so much more. Talk about an energy boost with the carbs and nutrients from fruits and veggies, while you get extra energy and increased metabolism from the matcha powder. You’ll be unstoppable when it comes time to hit the gym. Not to mention the flavor, this smoothie is sure to top your list!

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 banana (fresh)
  • 1 tsp of matcha powder
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk

3: Chocolate Fixes Everything (Chocolate & Banana Smoothie Bowl)

Smoothie bowls count as smoothies too and are so much fun! They feel like a sweet treat without the sugar crash afterward (truly the best of both worlds)! This chocolate smoothie bowl has ingredients that are surely going to keep you fueled and ready to take on even the toughest workout. This smoothie bowl is quick and easy to make and even more fun to eat! Topped with cocoa nibs you’ll truly feel like you’re sitting down for a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream. What’s more, you’ll feel like you can take on the world after. Who doesn’t want that!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs
@leaheverecipes Day 9 – chocolate smoothie bowl #smoothiebowl #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #chocolatesmoothie ♬ original sound – Collin Friedli

4: Peeling Good (Banana & Honey Smoothie)

For days you are looking for a comfort drink that’s not only creamy and sweet but tastes like a milkshake from your local ice cream shop, this is it! This banana & honey smoothie is just what you need before your cardio sesh and to curb that insatiable sweet tooth! The carbs from the banana are great for keeping your energy high and ready to use right away! The vanilla protein powder will have you wanting to work overtime in the gym while tasting out of this world. This is certainly a must try smoothie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Handful of Ice
@kizedwards_ My current favourite smoothie 🤤🍯🍌 #smoothie #smoothierecipe #smoothierecipes #healthyrecipes #easyrecipe #easybreakfast #healthybreakfastideas ♬ suara asli – dubu / cher – dubu or cher

5: Love You Berry Much (Strawberry & Nutella Smoothie)

A classic with a twist! If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll surely love this smoothie! This smoothie is so simple and easy to make, but don’t underestimate its great taste and energizing power! With both carbs from strawberries and healthy fats from the Nutella, you’ll be feeling fouled and ready to go for your workout. This is a great option when you are in a rush and want something that’ll get you on your feet, but is nice and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups strawberries
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp Nutella
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

6: You Mocha Me so Happy (Chocolate, Banana & Espresso Smoothie)

This smoothie is certainly your one-stop shop for energy, babes! This nutrient dense, energy packed smoothie will have you hitting all kinds of PRs during your workout. Similarly to the smoothies above you’ll be fueled with carbs from bananas and healthy fats from cashews and almond milk! The stars of this show are both the zucchini and espresso. Zucchini is rich in water, fiber, and vitamin A, while keeping you full, focused, and hydrated! The espresso adds a delicious coffee flavor while providing caffeine that will boost your energy levels!

P.S. If you freeze your zucchini before adding it to your smoothie, it will make your smoothie extra creamy and you won’t be able to taste it at all!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 bananas (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup zucchini (frozen)
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • *Optional: Top with fresh raspberries & granola

7: Kiwi be Friends (Kiwi & Berry Smoothie)

Berries are a great go-to for pre and post-workout smoothies! We love using these antioxidant packed fruits as a base for both great flavor and tons of nutrients. We added kiwi and vanilla protein powder to the mix for an amazing combo of flavor and fuel! Kiwi provides tons of vitamin C and fiber while that vanilla protein powder will help you recover from that workout babe! You and this smoothie will be way more than friends…TOTAL besties!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi (frozen)
  • Handful of berries (frozen)
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup almond milk

Smoothie being poured into a glass

8: Acai You Babe (Acai & Mango Protein Smoothie)

Okay babe, if you love sweet, fruity flavors this smoothie is absolutely for you! Acai and mango are the perfect balance of sweet and sour, plus the frozen banana to make it deliciously creamy! They have tons of antioxidants and nutrients to keep you feeling energized and focused for the workout ahead, not to mention the carbs from the banana to keep you feeling your best! Try this refreshing smoothie to get your energy levels up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 acai packet (frozen)
  • Handful of mango (frozen)
  • Handful of blueberries (frozen)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup almond milk

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9: Bananas About You ( Banana, Mango, & Pineapple Smoothie)

We are bananas about this smoothie! This delicious smoothie will make you feel like you’re on a tropical get-away! The pineapple and mango do more than just add a tropical twist; they are great for muscle recovery after a workout, rehydration, and packed full of antioxidants! Moreover, you’ll be ready to go and focused to crush your exercise routine after this nutrient-dense smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • Handful of mango (frozen)
  • Handful of pineapple (frozen)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Splash of almond milk

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10: Nuts About You (Chocolate & PB Smoothie)

A true match made in heaven! This chocolate and peanut butter smoothie tastes just like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with none of the consequences (um, yes please!) This smoothie is a great option when you need a sweet tooth cure or a sweet and creamy comfort drink to get your motivation to spike! The healthy fats from peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice) will keep you feeling full while giving your body a sustainable amount of energy! The carbs from the banana will be ready at-the-go when you start your workout, and the protein powder will be there to help your muscles keep working hard and recover most efficiently!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Splash of almond milk
  • Handful of ice

Yummy chocolate banana smoothie for workout

11: I’m Passionate (Vanilla Passion Fruit Protein Smoothie)

The perfect balance of sweet and fruity! You’ll love this subtly sweet treat before any workout! This is a great option to get you feeling passionate about exercise! You’ll have fuel in the form of carbs ready at-the-go from the banana and protein to aid your muscles in performance and recovery. Try this smoothie for a filling and fueling snack before your workout you’ll want to make again and again!

Ingredients:

  • 1 passion fruit (fresh or frozen)
  • Handful of mango (frozen)
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

mango passion fruit smoothie side view on white table

12: It Takes Two, to Mango (Coconut Mango Smoothie)

This tropical-inspired smoothie is packed with fiber and nutrients and is guaranteed to put the wind back in your sails! The mango, banana, chia seeds, and coconut milk will get you the antioxidants, vitamins, protein, and energy your body needs to perform at its best during your workout!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • Half a can of frozen coconut milk (use ice cube tray when freezing)
  • 1 handful of chopped mango (fresh)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds

Mango smoothie in glass over grey concrete background. Delicious tropical fruit mango smoothie

The best part of it all, when it comes to making these mouth-watering, workout fueling smoothies, all you have to do is throw all the ingredients into a blender and watch the magic happen! It couldn’t get more simple than that, and we are here for it sis!

BONUS RECIPE: Raining Champion (Yogurt Cloud & Blue Spirulina Smoothie)

Okay listen, this recipe was too beautiful and delicious to pass up! When you are feeling creative and a bit fancy or need a motivation AND mood boost, this smoothie is sure to get you smiling and feeling great! You know the drill, those carbs from the bananas will get you fueled and ready while the almond milk will give you healthy fats to keep you going through your entire workout. That protein and probiotic packed greek yogurt will do wonders for both your muscles and digestion! Last but certainly not least, the spirulina powder will give your smoothie a beautiful sky blue color AND is packed with Vitamin B1, 2, and 3, protein, and iron! Talk about a superfood!

P.S. Use greek yogurt to dab clouds on the inside of your glass, then pour in the rest of the blended ingredients for the beautiful sky look!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 1/3 tsp spirulina powder (blue)

Why Use a Smoothie to Fuel Your Body Before A Workout?

These smoothies are so much fun to create and drink and their delicious tastes aren’t the only thing to love! They help fuel any kind of workout, from cardio to strength training and everything in between. No matter how you move your body, smoothies are a great way to prepare! 

Fueling your body with the nutrients it needs before a workout is vital! Smoothies are great because they provide fluids for rehydration after exercise, and provide your body with the carbohydrates that your muscles need to replenish their fuel stores. If your body is not properly fueled to work hard during exercise you run the risk of not getting the most out of your workout and putting added stress on your body rather than providing healthy movement.

So babe, don’t let all that hard work and planning go to waste! Fuel up before you go for that run or hit that yoga class with one of our delicious smoothies! Each recipe can be tailored to fit a variety of needs and tastes!

A Workout You’ll Love!

We know, exercising isn’t always the most fun or easy thing to check off our to-do list but it's so important for your health, gorgeous! Keeping your body moving is SO beneficial for your overall wellbeing and keeping you at your best!

Half the battle is finding an exercise that you especially enjoy doing! That may be easier said than done, but we are pretty sure we can help with that!  It can be overwhelming to find a form of exercise that you love, when there are endless options from weights, yoga, HIIT, Barre. It can be intimidating trying a new gym or studio if you don’t have your workout bestie to try it with! Not to mention, a hectic schedule. We completely understand, sis!

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You'll be Unstoppable! 

Whether working out feels like a drag, or our hectic schedule has us feeling burnt out. We have all been there sis! Next time you're in a pinch and need a boost of energy or you have some time to get fancy, smoothies are the perfect way to fuel your body as well as keep you at your best for a great workout! 

It is important to fuel your body to not only keep yourself healthy but also active. With these recipes, it surely won't feel like a chore! Finding delicious recipes can make fueling your body not only fun but enjoyable. Show yourself a little love and make a scrumptious nutrient-packed smoothie that will certainly have you energized for your workout!

Get Creative with Your Smoothies!

Basically, babe, there are endless possibilities when it comes to making smoothies, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Remember to reference our smoothie guide at the beginning of this blog for a solid base, then feel free to put your own spin on it! From comforting thick smoothie bowls that taste and look like ice cream to light and refreshing green smoothies that give us that boost of energy we need, there is certainly a smoothie for every day and every workout! Give one of these delicious recipes a test and find what smoothie makes you feel both your best and helps you crush your workout!

 


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