By Bianca Jade
Hi, it’s Bianca Jade of Mizzfit.com. One question I’m asked all the time is: how do you fuel up before a workout? As a fitness trend expert and reporter, I work out a lot and have tried all kinds of energizing foods, but I always return to my favorite routine of making healthy smoothies before and after my workout sessions because it feels right for my body.
In my video tutorial which you can view here, I share my two favorite smoothie recipes using Rainbow Light’s Protein Energizer. Here are some of my tips on how to make the most delicious and energizing smoothies before you hit the gym.
1. Find the best protein powder and stock up on it.
Protein is the magic powder in your smoothie that helps energize you for the workout ahead. All you need is a small scoop but you want to make sure it’s something you like because these powders can make or break your smoothie.
I fell in love with all the flavors of Rainbow Light Protein Energizer and keep several bags in my pantry. I decided this was the protein supplement for me because it’s made with non-GMO ingredients and is also gluten-free. I have a sensitive stomach and Rainbow Light’s products are made to be gentle especially for people with allergies, without compromising on taste.
2. Keep your smoothies light.
I like to keep my smoothies healthy and simple so that I don’t stress out or bloat my stomach before a workout. I also like to create a smoothie routine that makes it easy to prep my smoothies in the morning without feeling like it’s too much work or time consuming to gather all the ingredients together.
Think about 4 or 5 natural, fresh ingredients that make you happy and which blend together well, but don’t go overboard because too many flavors in one blender can make your smoothie taste like a whole lot of nothing.
My video shows you how to make a chocolate-y/nutty smoothie and then a fruity one. It’s good to have options so that you don’t get bored. Try to combine ingredients that are packed with protein, Omega-3’s, Vitamin B and antioxidants.
I gravitate to strawberries, blackberries and bananas which are rich in antioxidants and potassium. They’re extremely easy to prep and freeze. They also blend well with nut butters, honey, flax seed, coconut and cacao nibs, just to name a few of my favorite add-ins. I also use almond milk (vanilla flavor) as a replacement for cow milk, which can cause congestion and cramping. For less calories, go for the unsweetened almond milk. It works across the board with chocolate-y combinations as well as fruity ones. If you’re opposed to milk, apple juice tastes great with a nice mix of sweet fruit.
3. Get acquainted with your freezer.
I try to make sure that at least one ingredient in my smoothie is frozen. You’d be surprised how one frozen banana (peeled broken up into pieces before freezing) can make your smoothie taste just like ice cream. It’s incredible! There’s no need to add ice when you have frozen fruit. Ice will often water down taste and texture. You might even consider freezing small pieces of dark chocolate to add texture.
I hope you enjoyed my tips for your energy boosting smoothies. The important thing is to not to go too crazy. Your pre-workout smoothie shouldn’t be the kitchen sink of smoothies or you’ll never get through that workout alive. You want something your stomach can work with and won’t have to fight off. Pick out ingredients that you love and get creative with new ones you’re down to try.
About Bianca Jade
Bianca Jade — best known as MizzFit — has become a leading figure in the movement to promote female empowerment. As a fitness and trend expert, Bianca has made a name for herself by intertwining the worlds of fitness and fashion. She is considered a dependable authority on women’s wellness in the media and has appeared across national media outlets, including the TODAY Show, FoxNews.com, SHAPE, Us Weekly, Life & Style and more.