Top 3 Healthy Smoothies
I don’t know about you guys, but after a long and strenuous workout, I love nothing more than a nice cold protein smoothie. There are so many different options and combinations to choose from that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one, so here are my top three favourite healthy smoothies.
1. Berry Blend
The first shake is the easiest to prepare. It’s a simple vanilla berry protein smoothie. First I add about a cup and a half of frozen blueberries, strawberries, and cherries. After that I add about a cup to two cups of water ( this depends on how thick you want it ). Lastly, I add one scoop of vanilla whey protein ( whichever brand you prefer, you don’t need to break the bank on this ). Once it’s all blended I add either hemp hearts or chia seeds on top of the shake to give it an added bit of flavour to it.
2. PB and Banana
If you don’t have or wish to purchase whey protein powder, this smoothie has no need for it. This on consists of peanut butter and banana. Normally I freeze bananas that are starting to brown/blacken in order to have a colder smoothie, but you can use fresh bananas and add ice to it instead. First I peel and add one full banana. After adding the banana, I add about one cup of water. Next I use about two tablespoons of natural peanut butter ( you can use regular peanut butter, but if you want to stay healthy I suggest natural ). Lastly, I add 2/3 or one cup of egg whites and then blend it all up. People might think this sounds gross and they wouldn’t dare adding egg whites, but they are practically flavourless and once everything is blended you won’t taste them at all.
3. Tropical Mango
The last smoothie is one that I use when I don’t feel like getting the bloat you normally do from whey protein powder. This shake is a mango and hemp seed protein shake. First I add a cup of frozen mangoes. Next I add 3 tablespoons of organic hemp seeds. To add a little bit more flavour you can add in a teaspoon of cinnamon ( or however much you want to taste ). Lastly, I add in a cup and a half to two cups of almond milk. This way it gives you the same style of flavour or texture as milk without having to feel bloated after drinking it. Once everything is blended you can add a few hemp seeds to the top of the smoothie to add a bit more protein and of course, flavour.
As I said before there are so many options to choose from that it’s hard to stick to just these three smoothie, and I normally try to add more variety throughout the week just so that I never get bored of a certain style of smoothie. Hopefully you enjoy my favourite healthy smoothies as much as I do.
Kyle // Contributor