Most people who take the time to exercise are focusing on their body’s optimal performance. When working out becomes a regular thing, it is typically accompanied by changes in eating habits that include more vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidant rich foods as well as a perfect combination of healthy fats, carbohydrates and lean proteins. There is a definite place in these new eating habits for the addition of super powered additions such as flax seed, chia seed, olive oil, coconut water oil and milk, and a variety of other seeds, nuts, herbs and spices. Many people forget the benefit of herbs and spices but these power packed flavor boosters can help with inflammation, water weight, detoxification, elimination and are packed full of difficult to get vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
Making smoothies is really easy and you can use just about anything you want in combination to produce your very own customized health rich beverages. Some ingredients that add protein to your smoothie are peanut butter, almonds, other seeds, yogurt or dairy products, or even a scoop or two of protein powder that you enjoy. You can use just about any combination of fruits and vegetables as well. Bananas and avocados add creaminess for those who don’t like to use dairy and berries are typically very rich in anti-oxidants. For liquid don’t simply add water, you can do so much better using coconut milk, coconut water, or almond milk. These also add wonderful flavor to your blend.
For many of us there was a time when macaroni and cheese and pizza rolls was a great snack, and then we grew up and realized how nutritiously empty these foods are. Though we still enjoy them on occasion and many other nutritional sins, we now know that eating well has a direct impact on our quality of life and longevity. For those of us actively working toward a healthy body weight calories become an important consideration as well. Smoothies are a great way to control how many calories are in a meal, as well as to ensure those calories come from the right places. Power foods such as nuts and seeds are not only high in fats, but also in calories so the serving sizes are very small but the quality of those fats and calories greatly makes up for their condensed nature.
Power pack your post exercise regimen with a combination of fruit energy, your favorite protein source and the electrolyte rich benefits of coconut water all mixed up into a delicious and nutritious smoothie. This will fill you up, give you energy, help your muscles repair after extreme energy outputs and replenish the body’s delicate hydration balance. There is no way you can go wrong with such delicious ingredient possibilities. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complex or complicated. The best recipes are those with only a few carefully chosen ingredients and a whole lot of bang for every calorie.