Top 5 Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipes!

Feeling tired and need an invigorating energy jolt to get you through the day? Take a look at our Top 5 Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipes that will have you literally up and running in no time!

1. Chocolate, Chia and Banana Smoothie
Chia seeds are full of protein, omega fats and fibre which will burn slowly all day. Bananas give such a good, instant burst of energy that tennis players eat them regularly during their long matches while cacao nibs do their wholesome part yet act like caffeine stimulants.

Ingredients
2 bananas
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbs soaked chia seeds
1 tb raw cacao nibs or powder
2 cups walnut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lucuma
A pinch of sea salt
Add honey to taste

Method: Soak the chia seeds in the walnut milk for twenty minutes so it turns into a gel like substance. Then simply add all ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s smooth. If your smoothie tastes like a chocolate ice cream shake then you’ve nailed the flavour!
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2. Mango Strawberry Smoothie
You might read the ingredients and think, What! carrot, bell pepper and kale in a mango strawberry smoothie? However, don’t be alarmed, this smoothie has the added benefit of having you drink down your greens while not being able to taste them. This is for great for people who can’t stand the taste of vegetable smoothies as the overwhelming mango and strawberry flavour will be all they can taste!

Ingredients
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango chunks
1/4 cup red grapes
1/4 cup sliced peaches
1/4 cup kale
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1 tb Greek yoghurt
1/4 cup green tea
1 tsp chia seeds

Method: Simpler than the first smoothie. Here there won’t be any soaking of any ingredients required, just blend all the ingredients together and enjoy!
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3. Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are a great way of adding extra vegetables to your diet so why not enjoy the taste of one while you do so? Coconut water is the perfect alternative to sugary ‘sports performance’ drinks as it has more electrolytes than any of them. Avocado and spinach have ample amounts of anti-oxidants while kale and apples have vitamins A and C respectively.

Ingredients
Half an avocado
4 leaves kale (stems removed)
Half an apple
Handful loose spinach
1 cup of coconut water
4-5 mint leaves

Method: Blend all ingredients together. If it’s a little bitter feel free to add fruits such as bananas or even pitted dates to sweeten it up a bit. Try to drink immediately as it doesn’t sit well in the fridge unless you put it in an airtight container.
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4. Coffee Smoothie
This smoothie is for all the coffee lovers out there and will give your day a fantastic jumpstart:- mixed with oats, cacao powder and bananas, this mighty stack will give you the sustained energy boost you’re after too!

Ingredients
1 cup brewed coffee
1 banana
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tb cacao powder
1 tb flaxseed meal
1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup soy or almond milk
1 tsp honey

Method: This one is only a tiny bit trickier. You’ll have to brew a cup of coffee in advance and then pour it into an ice cube tray so prepare the night before. The next day simply add all the ingredients in a blender and blend. Feel free to adjust the sweetness.
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5. Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
If you need a vitalizing pre or post workout smoothie then look no further. This smoothie is for berry lovers who want it to pack a protein punch too. The powder flavour can be adjusted according to preference but for this one we’re sticking to vanilla as it’s the easiest to find.

Ingredients
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 tb walnuts
1/2 cup almond milk yogurt
1 cup spinach
1 tb flaxseed
1 & 1/2 cups water

Method: One of the most basic smoothies with the only work being blending all the ingredients together. The berries should make the smoothie sweet enough but if not then add some honey to taste.
Credit: Visualistan

So there you have it, Top 5 Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipes and a variety to pick from; fruit, greens, coffee, protein-packed and even a chocolate ice cream smoothie. Remember, mixing, blending and shaking things up in your diet is a vital key to good health!

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