Smoothies can be the perfect nutritious snack for those long and sluggish afternoons. You could also get your day off to a healthy start with a nutrient-rich smoothie. I like to drink a smoothie infused with protein powder right after a workout and have found that certain ingredients provide more energy than others. Knowing what fruits and additions to add to your smoothies can help you put together a healthy, energy-boosting drink any time of day.
Here are six ingredients to add to your smoothies for an energy boost:
#1: Blueberries. One of the most versatile fruits to add to your diet, blueberries are high in antioxidants, fiber, and water, and will also make your smoothies that much more flavorful. The natural sugars in blueberries can give you an energy boost any time of day. Add them to a strawberry and banana smoothie in the morning or put together a tropical fruit smoothie made with Greek yogurt and blueberries in the afternoon for a nutritious pick-me-up.
#2: Bananas. A popular "base" ingredient for many smoothies, bananas are great for curbing hunger pangs and also giving you the energy you need to get through a busy day. Bananas add bulk to your smoothie so the smoothie ends up being thicker and more like a milkshake.
#3: Coconut water. Now a popular choice among athletes for post-workout recovery, coconut water can add a fresh flavor to your smoothies or shakes. Coconut water contains electrolytes and will rehydrate your body quickly and efficiently. You'll have more energy when you're not dehydrated.
#4: Organic dark chocolate. If you've been craving chocolate lately, turn a strawberry or raspberry smoothie into a royal treat by adding some melted, organic dark chocolate. Darker chocolate varieties contain high levels of antioxidants and will satisfy that sweet tooth in no time.
#5: Cinnamon. I add cinnamon to oatmeal and some of my protein shakes and smoothies because it adds a nice flavor. Cinnamon is a "warming herb" so you might feel a slight increase in energy. At the very least, this spice will wake up your taste buds.
#6: Almonds. Almonds add a rich, nutty flavor to your smoothies and shakes and are a great source of healthy fats. If you don't like the nutty texture in a smoothie, try almond butter instead. Almonds can provide a steady source of energy when you're facing a long and stressful day ahead.
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