When I was a professional athlete, smoothies were a lifesaver! Since I was in an event that required mostly speed and power, I was constantly working and tearing up my muscles. Therefore, I required a lot of protein to help repair and build them back up.
Twice a year it was extra important for me to increase my protein consumption: during really hard training phases and phases when I needed to lean out. During these times, I needed super high protein sources, so would usually gravitate toward meats and eggs.
This created a problem, though, because in order for me to get as much protein as I needed, I had to eat a lot of meat which I found really filled me up. So I would cut out other healthy things like fruits and vegetables because I was already so stuffed.
This is where smoothies came in. I could add some extra protein (whey protein powder*, nut butters, seeds) while still maintaining my fruit and vegetable intake.
This Blueberry Chia Smoothie is one of my go-to smoothies due to the antioxidants from the blueberries, probiotics from the kefir, protein from the almond butter, and the healthy Omega-3s from the chia seeds. I would sometimes also supplement with a protein powder. If that was the case, I would also add a bit of milk or almond milk.
Give it a try, rate it, and let me know in the comments section below how you liked it.
* Make sure that if you’re using a whey protein powder that it’s a quality brand without a bunch of extra ingredients or added sugars.
Blueberry Chia Smoothie
NUTRITION FACTS: (per serving) Calories: 370 Total Fat: 12.5g Saturated Fat: 3.0g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 6.7mg Sodium: 106mg Potassium: 168mg Total Carbohydrates: 58g Dietary Fiber: 10g Sugars: 33g Protein: 11.5g
- ⅔ cup kefir
- 1 ripe banana
- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup packed spinach leaves
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- Step 1 Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.