When you are busy, it can be tempting to skip lunch or dinner. Not only can this leave you feeling hungry, it’s also a good way to end up with no energy and a major sugar craving. No matter what you are trying to do during the day, none of these things are going to help you get there faster!
If you are tempted to skip a meal, firstly – don’t! And secondly, take a few minutes to make a delicious, nutritious smoothie.
Smoothies take no time at all to make, only a few minutes to drink, and can be the difference between eating healthily or snacking on junk food. You can make a smoothie out of many ingredients; all you really need is some fruit and/or vegetables, a suitable liquid such as milk, water or juice, some healthy fats and maybe a good source of protein – whey protein powder is a good choice. There are endless smoothie recipes available for you to try and you can easily make up your own but this is one that I have tried, tested and have come to love!
This smoothie covers a lot of nutritional bases. It’s high in protein, packed with superfood goodness, and also contains kefir which is known for its probiotic content. Probiotics are good for your digestive health and have been shown to keep your digestive system healthy and help keep your immune system working properly.
It also contains slow-releasing carbs in the form of banana, lots of fiber from the oat bran, and plenty of protein to help keep you feeling fuller for longer and keep your muscles in good shape. Add some healthy fats from coconut oil and you have a complete meal in a glass!
1 cup kefir
1 cup water
1 medium banana – ripe
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ cup oat bran
1 scoop whey or soya protein powder – vanilla or banana flavor
2-3 ice cubes
Peel the banana and place it in your blender jug, here are my recommendations of the best blenders for smoothies. Add the liquid and then the oat bran, protein powder and coconut oil. Finally add the ice cubes. Blitz on low for 30 seconds and then on high for 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth.
Drink immediately. This recipe is not suitable for storing as the banana can go brown.
Protein – 37 grams
Carbohydrate – 70 grams
Fat – 21 grams
Fiber – 12 grams