Linda Robert-Houle shares her energy boasting smoothie.
This smoothie recipe is great for a breakfast (especially on those days when you are in a rush), or as pre-workout fuel. Why? When you’re going for a workout, you need fuel that is easily digestible and you need energy released at a steady pace over a long period. This smoothie contains slow-releasing carbs and protein that feeds muscle, with plenty of natural sugars to release instant energy into the bloodstream.
I love to add coconut oil because it is a source of quick energy. Like glucose, the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil go directly to your liver to deliver energy, without having to be processed first.
Cinnamon helps your cells absorb glucose better, which helps maintain energy levels.
And lastly, I add coconut water because it is a natural source of electrolytes.
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein or vegetarian
- 1 tsp (5 mL) flaxseed oil or coconut oil
- 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Handful of crushed ice
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.