One of my go-to smoothie recipes is this strawberry, banana, protein smoothie with collagen peptides, flax seeds, oatmeal, almond milk and chia seeds. As much as I absolutely love exploring different blends, there is a reason that certain smoothie recipes are so popular. Strawberry banana tastes great, satisfies my sweet cravings and keeps me full for a long while. I work out a lot in the morning, so it's very important for me to have something that's going to keep me going through lunch.
1/2 Banana: Bananas taste amazing, and have plenty of potassium and carbs. They can help lower the risk of heart disease, while giving you plenty of energy for your workouts. Bananas also aid in cramp prevention while doing cardiovascular training.
1 Cup Strawberries: Strawberries are very high in antioxidants, taste amazing and are rich in vitamins including vitamin c, potassium, folate and fiber.
1/4 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats: This whole grain is packed with fiber to help keep you fuller longer and carbs to give you plenty of energy for your day and workouts. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat, including antioxidants, and can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
1 Packet Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: Collagen supports bone and joint health. It also helps support hair skin and nails. It is great to consume before and after exercise because it contains protein.
1 Cup Almond Milk: Almond Milk is a great lactose-free alternative to milk. If you have problems digesting lactose you may enjoy this better than completely opting for water. I personally only drink unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it is lower in calories, tastes amazing and contains vitamin C,D and iron (I like Silk Unsweetened Vanilla).
1 Cup Ice: I like my smoothies cold.
1/4 Tsp Chia Seeds: This superfood is rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind, duh), protein, vitamins and minerals. These are so great to use in your smoothies, especially if you can leave them soaking for a bit and add them later as the goo that forms around it can add some texture. (I like Nutiva - Black Chia Seeds)
1 Tbsp Flax Seed: Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids (once again… the good kind), jam PACKED with fiber, yet low in carbs. The fiber in flax seeds keep you fuller for so long. Adding this to my smoothies really does make a difference in how full I feel afterwards. (I like Stober Farms Milled Flax)