It’s the morning and you’re determined to exercise even if your body doesn’t want to cooperate. Your energy levels need a boost, one that might be more than your average meal replacement shake provides. You need a high energy smoothie.
So you move to the blender and open your pantry, which mix-ins should you be reaching for?
Look on pretty much any list of healthy foods for you and at some point they’re going to mention Blueberries. These amazing little berries are packed full of antioxidants and yet rank low on the glycemic index, so they’re not going to trigger any blood sugar spikes. Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense fruits out there. Adding blueberries to your high energy smoothie will spike your levels and leave you feeling fantastic.
2. Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts:
Usually, you’ll want to blend these into a paste before adding them into your shake and they don’t add too much flavor to your shake. They are fatty nuts [good fats] so they do add a creamier texture, and they are packed with protein, fat, fiber, iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Okay you’re going to have to stay with us on this one, but yes you can add sweet potatoes to your shake. You can make a delicious shake with a vanilla powder then add a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. You bake and mash the sweet potatoes and blend them and you get a tasty shake that’s very similar to a pumpkin spice shake. Plus sweet potatoes are one of the best ways to get over the slumps caused by low blood sugar.
4. Spinach and Kale
These two are some of the best vegetables to add to your shake when going for a great energy boost and while they may turn your shake green in color, they don’t do much to the shake’s flavor or texture. These can be thrown into whatever shake flavor you’ve created and will still work.
5. Pineapple or Cranberries
These colorful fruits are a great way to flavor your shake and they provide you all sorts of beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to get you off your butt and out the door. According to New Health Advisor pineapples are rich in vitamin C, which has numerous benefits in itself;they also contain manganese, which is helpful in relation to energy output. Cranberries provide a plethora of antioxidants, which help you put off aging and the sugar they provide gives you that kick you need.
Sometimes the lack of motivation to get out the door is due to your serotonin levels. To keep your levels at normal, you can grab a plantain or it’s more common cousin, the banana. They have the highest serotonin concentration of most fruits. Plus, they are a great way to add some great flavor and texture to your shake,
Well, there you have it, some recipe additions for the energy fuel you need to get up and get out the door.
Let us know what ingredients you use for your energy boost in the comments, or tell us what recipes you have that incorporate these ingredients. In the mean time, check out these awesome high energy smoothie recipes!