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Post-exercise smoothies, and smoothie tips

As you probably know by now, I'm a massive smoothie fan and have them most days, either for breakfast, as a mid-afternoon treat or post-exercise.  The post-exercise smoothie is always particularly satisfying, especially after a long run when you want to refuel with something tasty and nutritious - it's so easy just to whip up a smoothie or a juice.

I do quite frequently make juices too - and if you're looking for some juice inspiration then check out the Curry's blog post on post-workout juices - but, I can't help but love a good old smoothie, mainly because I am a peanut butter addict and you can't really throw peanut butter into a juice, can you?

My go-to recipe for smoothies consists of the following.  Protein powder (my current one is MyProtein Toffee Whey Protein Powder), soy milk, peanut butter and a banana.  So, so tasty and ticks lots of boxes for me by providing protein and good fats.  I usually use Alpro Hazelnut Milk but whilst I'm giving up sugar for lent I've moved onto their Whole Bean Soy Milk instead.

Curry's Smoothie Campaign

I was kindly gifted an awesome Kenwood kMix Blender (£129.99*) from Curry's to help me whip up the perfect post-exercise smoothie.  Last weekend I went out for a run and managed 11km, which is my longest run since I sprained my ankle, so it was the perfect opportunity to come home and test out my new blender! The blender itself is absolutely amazing - it can make soups as well as crush ice - I can see myself using these features a lot (it can even make dips, how cool is that?)

Curry's Smoothie Campaign

I must admit, I do find myself coming back to that same recipe time and time again, but I've been trying to mix it up a bit (geddit?) and try a few different flavours - I made one with coconut water and pineapple the other day that was amazing.  I get quite a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and I love this graphic which helps you build the perfect 'green' smoothie.


Some other quick tips for smoothies:

1. Add in extra ingredients like wheatgrass (a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and protein) or flaxseed (source of fibre and fatty acids - one of the greatest sources of omega 3).  You can buy packets of flaxseed in Aldi relatively cheaply.
2. Adding frozen banana to smoothies gives them a thicker, creamier, consistency
3. Freeze-ahead 'smoothie packs' with all your favourite smoothie ingredients so you can whip them up quickly in the morning.

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4. Add washing-up-liquid and hot water to your blender after you've made a smoothie and then whizz it up - you still need to wash it afterwards but it'll save cleaning time by getting a lot of the gunk that sticks to the sides out.

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5. Add porridge oats to smoothies - they'll keep you fuller for longer and also give you a hit of fibre (and apparently also protect against cancer and heart disease!)

What are your favourite smoothie recipes? Do you have any smoothie tips?

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9 comments

  1. You are certainly a smoothie goddess. I also like smoothies, and I think your "steps" or method works well. I'll have to keep them in mind.
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  2. 'Blending' soapy water is such a good idea. I use a hand held blender because it's generally easier to clean :)
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  3. Great tips! I love the idea of making up smoothie bags and freezing them before hand. I always freeze my bananas beforehand, and have bags of frozen fruit specifically for my smoothies but I love the idea of chucking it all in the same bag so it's all ready! The washing the blender tip is amazing too - never thought of that!
    I'm looking forward to trying out a strawberry and banana smoothie tomorrow! So glad strawbs are back in the shops :) x

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  4. Love this post! I have always wanted to have a smoothie after my exercise routine but never know what to add to the contents..you just answered my questions :)
    Becka | This Is My World

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  5. I love the idea of smoothie freezer packs, never thought if that! Smoothies are a favourite of mine too, so many variations that you just can't go wrong. :-)

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  6. Ohh the little smoothie packs are so cute, what a great idea! And it is ridiculous that I never thought to USE the blender in order to CLEAN the blender. Derr brain.

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  7. I love this! I must try a smoothie blitz for my pre summer work out regime!

    Charlotte
    http://beautysciencemagic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I prefer a smoothie rather than a juice, so this is definitely the right recipe for me! :D I also don't like to eat after a workout because it makes me feel heavy, so this is a nice substitute for a light snack. ^_^
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