Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Smoothies can be a Quick Fix

If you’re pressed for time but looking for a nutritious fix, a smoothie is an ideal choice. Smoothies can serve as a quick snack or as an addition to a regular meal. An athlete can make a smoothie according to their desires and fitness needs. For instance an athlete looking to lose some weight can make a smoothie comprising of low calorie ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are anti-oxidants which gives the body a boost. Smoothies are an alternative source to provide the body with nutrients that you may be missing. By adding dairy products, nuts and seeds, the smoothie becomes an excellent source of protein. Other than the smoothie’s ingredients, a blender is the only necessary component for your recipe.

Key ingredients for a healthy yet tasty smoothie:
  • Carbohydrate Sources - Fresh or frozen fruit, almonds, fruit purees, mangos, carrots and banana. 
  • Protein Sources - Milk (soy), yogurt( plain, fruit, Greek), cottage cheese. 
  • Sweet Sources - Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, fruit juice. 
  • Healthy Fat Sources - Almond butter, peanut butter, avocados, coconut milk, coconut oil. 
Why not give these smoothies a try!
Carrot Pineapple smoothie has few calories and makes for a perfect pre practice snack. On the other hand the Strawberry Flaxseed smoothie is an ideal snack for athletes trying to gain or maintain their weight.

Strawberry Flaxseed
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
½ cup 100 percent orange juice
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

Carrot Pineapple
Cup of fresh pineapple
¼cup chopped carrots
½ cup of ice
1 cup of 100 percent orange juice

Reference from the SIRC Collection:
Dolan, S., The Blend Boost. Volleyball USA. Winter2011-2012, 39(4),

Online Smoothie resources:
Smoothies for athletes
The Ultimate Endurance Athlete Smoothie

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