Berries are in season and we are LOVING the reduced prices! My tip is that I always buy a lot of berries in summer and freeze them to use in smoothies, desserts, smoothie bowls and just to have as an ice cold snack!
This recipe focuses on using blueberries: a real powerhouse ingredient. Blueberries are packed with vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system and potassium, an essential mineral. Blueberries are also an anti-inflammatory food, which makes them ideal to include in your post-workout smoothie.
Need another reason? When we sweat, we lose minerals, like potassium and after we’ve done a tough workout or race, our immune system actually lowers before it rebuilds, so it’s important to make sure you’re arming your body with what it needs to stay healthy. This is so important for me as an active, busy woman, to make sure I’m looking after my body and refueling it correctly.
Smoothies are also really easy to make and you can take them to work, have them while you’re in the car or smash them quickly before carrying on with your next task.
As this is a post-workout smoothie, another very important ingredient to include for recovery is protein. Bananas are also rich in potassium and make your smoothies extra creamy. I often keep chopped bananas in my freezer to use at a moment’s notice. You can add any form of protein powder, but for this recipe, I like using a vegan vanilla plant-based protein from Biogen.
½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
3 Tbsp protein powder of your choice
1 Tbsp nut butter of choice
250 to 300ml of water
A few blocks of ice (optional)
- Simply combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blitz until smooth.