You love food but don’t always have the time to cook up something healthy and nutritious? Don’t worry – neither do we. Luckily, there are simple ways feed your body what it needs in the middle of a hectic day without having to browse through recipes or even wait for the oven to heat up.
Here are a few mouth-watering and colourful blender recipes to get you going, no cooking required and a barely any chopping.
The Breakfast Smoothie: Banana and Oats
We wake up in different ways, and while some of us can’t wait to get out the door and barely have time to sit down for breakfast, others stare into their black cup with sleepy eyes for half an hour. No matter which type you are, this smoothie is easy enough to whip up with your eyes closed and practical enough for you to have on the go.
All you need is a handful of oats, a glass of your favourite orange juice, a ripe banana, and a few strawberries or other berries for a vitamin boost.
Oats is important because it’s one of the most nutritious foods
on the planet; with loads of dietary fiber, magnesium, and iron, it’s kind of the perfect breakfast food. The only problem with oats is that it’s thick and gooey – often a bit too much for sleepy heads to swallow down with a smile. The orange juice gives it a fruity flavor as well as a drinkable texture, while the banana keeps it creamy and adds a bit more vitamins. No more skipping breakfast, in other words.
The Pre-Yoga Smoothie: Cucumber and Spinach
Alright, so we’ve been told not to overeat before practising yoga
– sometimes, not even at all. It feels a bit unfair, especially when you forgot to eat an hour or two before the practice and are facing your mat with a growling stomach. When you really need something in your system, think green and as light as possible.
Get your blender ready and fill it with two handfuls of spinach, five slices or cucumber, half an avocado, one banana, and the juice of half a lemon for a bit of extra zest.
The trick to pre-yoga smoothies is to keep the ingredient list short and sweet. You’d like to feel light and energized on the mat; starting off with an empty stomach and low energy is almost as bad as feeling full and bloated before an inversion. Holistic health is all about treating your body and mind right, and combining leafy greens with the health benefits of a calm yoga session is right up our alley.
The Post-Weight Lifting Smoothie: Peanut butter and Banana
After a tough workout, you’re tired and unwilling to do much at all – yet, you need to eat. A piece of bread with peanut butter and a banana will help a bit on the way, but it’s oh-so-boring. This smoothie is super simple, and you’ll get to use that banana in any way.
You need one cup natural yogurt, two tablespoons peanut butter, one banana and a little dash of milk – around the same amount you’d add in your coffee if you’re into that.
It’s going to fill you up and make you feel pleasantly healthy and relaxed, which is just what you’re looking for after a long workout. Add ice to any of these smoothies if you have it, by the way, and remember that the more you add, the thinner its consistency will be.