Tom's Supercharged Smoothies! Muscle Building Powerhouses!

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Smoothies are growing in popularity, mainly because a few celebrities have claimed to lose vast amounts of weight on a 'smoothie only' diet! Well for a start, that's incredulous, you don't sustainably lose weight, nor do you maintain gastrointestinal health AND get the protein and macronutrients you need from fruit based goodness alone. Yes, you will enter a calorie deficit and lose some weight, but reintroduce regular food again (and you definitely will) and you'll probably notice you store more fat than before. Granted this is subjective and depends on the individual, plus if you go back to eating normal food and manage to keep it healthy, balanced and calorie controlled (which is all that was needed in the first place) then you stand a good chance of keeping a lot of the weight lost, off.

The problem with these smoothie diets is that lots of people now perceive smoothies as part of a 'fad' diet or a route to weight loss, when in actual fact a smoothie can also be used to encourage total weight gain or solid, lean muscle mass... you've just got to do it the right whey (see what I did there)!

 

What you need

  • Measuring jug (ml)
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Teaspoon
  • Blender (handheld or free- standing)

 

Breakfast Smoothie

Maybe you don't fancy hot food in the morning, perhaps you don't feel all that hungry first thing, or it's possible that you already eat a solid breakfast that includes some scrambled eggs on a wholegrain bagel (for example). Whatever your goal is you may want to consider this nutritionally dense breakfast shake for a quick and easy breakfast, or an addition to your regular breakfast.

The beauty of a smoothie is that you can get a LOT of nutrition in a relatively small quantity of liquid (maybe 200-250ml), which is an ideal way to up your nutrition, calories and protein!

Ingredients

 

Nutritional Information

Energy = 350kcal

Protein = 14g (or 35g protein if whey protein powder added instead)

Carbs = 55g

 

Chocolate and Avocado

The chocolate and avocado blend makes this smoothie ideal for in the morning when protein, essential fats and vitamins are a must!

The avocado is particularly important for the essential monounsaturated fats it adds to this shake. You can’t taste the avocado, so if you’re serious about your heart health, joints and your speed of mind, then you’ll make sure you include the avocado!

The cacao powder is naturally high in flavonoids which are antioxidants that can help overall health!

 

Ingredients

  • ½ an avocado
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cacao powder
  • 300ml almond or coconut milk, or full fat cow’s milk
  • 1 scoop Optimum Health Ultimate Whey
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Grated dark chocolate (optional)

 

Nutritional Information

Energy = 300kcal

Protein = 14g (or 35g protein if whey protein powder added instead)

Carbs = 25g

 

Strawberry & Banana Surprise

This smoothie has coconut oil added for intense flavour and for the Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), specifically Lauric acid, it delivers. MCT's are important for heart health, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, fighting infection, improved digestion AND for burning fat!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 175g strawberries
  • 15g cashew nuts
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 115ml full fat milk or almond milk
  • 1 scoop Whey Protein

 

Nutritional Information

Energy = 350kcal

Protein = 15g (or 35g protein if whey protein powder added instead)

Carbs = 40g

 

Supergreen Smoothie

An essential vitamin and mineral powerhouse!

Ingredients

  • Half avocado
  • 50g fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 10g coconut oil
  • 15g quinoa flakes (or porridge oats)
  • 100ml Orange Juice
  • 1 lemon squeezed

 

Nutritional Information

Energy = 350kcal

Protein = 10g

Carbs = 50-60g

 

 

The high citrus content and kiwi fruit, which is a vitamin C powerhouse, delivers a plethora of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. You're also getting ample protein and fibre via the quinoa flakes, but feel free to use porridge oats as an alternative if you can’t source quinoa flakes.

Enjoy this smoothie first thing in the morning to dampen those stress hormones, or as an accompaniment to a main meal so that the vitamins and minerals support the absorption of the nutrients from your meal.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

Comments

  • tima

    i need to start putting oats in my smoothies! i've bookmarked this post, thanks :-)

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