By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
Drinking green smoothies isn’t just about diet – it’s a lifestyle choice, taking care of our bodies, and constantly fueling our cells with healthy nutrition. In addition to feeding ourselves with greens, we benefit to maximum capacity when we combine that with a comprehensive exercise program, getting our heart rate up, increasing our lung capacity, and sweating out the toxins.
For great results, we want to be sure to fuel up with the right nutrition before hitting the gym. The best kinds of pre-workout foods are filled with protein, good carbs, and healthy fats. These ingredients help you stock up on energy, and keep you full for a long time. This apple, banana, rolled oats, coconut oil, and leafy greens combination, makes the perfect green smoothie, giving you vital energy and the nutrients needed for a killer workout! Remember to always choose organic ingredients. No nasty chemicals needed!
We love bananas as a pre-workout food for so many reasons. Bananas are packed with tryptophan, which your body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical the body creates that sends us happy vibes. Throw in the fact that bananas are loaded with carbohydrates that help energize our bodies, and you can see why we put bananas at the top of our list!
Oats make this list for one simple fact: they take a long time to digest. This means that they provide long-lasting energy while also helping to maintain stable blood sugar during your workout, which is always a good thing. You can add dry oats, soaked oats, or even cooked oats to your smoothie.
Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin’s main role in the body is to deliver more oxygen to the lungs. When you get more oxygen to your lungs during a workout, you have more endurance. This makes it so much easier to get through that hour-long spin class!
If you’re exercising for weight loss, then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this super food fight body fat by converting it into energy that boosts your metabolism (as opposed to saturated fats that add body fat). Add coconut oil to your green smoothie before you workout to help you maintain energy throughout your entire routine, while also fighting that body fat like crazy.
Nut butters are quick and easy… just grab a spoonful and you’re on your way. The best reason to eat nut butter before heading to the gym is because it’s loaded with healthy fats and fiber, which keep you feeling full and energetic throughout your entire workout. There are many kinds of nut butters to choose from, but our favorite is good, old-fashioned peanut butter – yum!
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 large apple, cored, any variety
⅓ cup rolled oats
1-tablespoon coconut oil
1/2-teaspoon ground cinnamon
Blend the spinach and almond milk until smooth, adding the remaining ingredients until reaching your desired consistency. Sit back, imbibe, and get pumped for a great workout!