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March 04, 2016

These smoothie recipes are so quick and easy to make and use ingredients that you would normally have at home so no need for extra supermarket trips.  With the exception being chia seeds which you can get from the Chia Charge Shop.   If you are new to chia seeds and what to know a bit more there is some great information with all the nutritional information Here.

BANANA AND NUT BUTTER PROTIEN SMOOTHIE

Having learnt from top dietitian Renee McGregor that a post exercise drink should contain a decent amount of Carbs and protein to aid recovery ready for your next session and that chocolate milk is a great drink for this, I decided to try a smoothie which has carbs in the form of the banana and milk and protein from Greek yoghurt, nut butter and milk.  The result was a super tasty thick smoothie which I am sure will go down well with everyone who likes bananas and nuts!

All you need to make this (serves 1 large or 2 small glasses) is:

  • 200ml dairy or plant milk 
  • 100g Greek Yoghurt (proper Greek yoghurt has a lot more protein and is thicker)
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 heaped teaspoons of nut butter (Chia nut or peanut work best, I used peanut)
  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • Cinnamon- for dusting over the finished smoothie (a nice final touch)

Stick all ingredients except the cinnamon into a blender and mix until smooth, place in glass, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

 If you are interested in sports nutrition Renee who I mentioned above is the perfect person to get in touch with, she also has a highly rated book which is easy to understand with great recipes too and the chia charge flapjacks are a recommended snack! You can find out more about Renee Here and read some of her advice on the blog Here and Here.

VANILLA LATTE SMOOTHIE

Back to the drinks and I know many people like to have a coffee, I am not a huge fan but decided to try making a latte smoothie using others a tasters and they liked the results so here are 2 variations:

 To make this (serves 2) you will need:

  • 200ml milk of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon or shot of coffee (you can add more or less to taste if you like it stronger or weaker)
  • 150g Vanilla yoghurt or vanilla quark
  • A few drops of vanilla extract (makes it more vanilla flavoured, you can add to taste)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
Blend all ingredients except cocoa powder, pour into glass, dust with cocoa and enjoy.

 

I also made an adaption of the same drink above by adding 1-2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and a handful of frozen (or fresh) strawberries, it makes a equally great tasting drink.



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