3 Smoothie Recipes To Try 30 Minutes Before Working Out

Smoothies are an awesome choice for a pre-workout snack. They’re easier to digest than solid food and when done right, they can give you just the right set of micro and macro nutrients to help you get the most from your workout. What you want right before a workout is a smoothie with protein, good carbs and healthy fats. The combination of these give you a mix of energy, keep you from feeling hungry and help rebuild your muscles.

When done wrong, they can be a source of excessive fat and sugar. So making sure that your smoothies aren’t just a fatty dessert that you ran through a blender is absolutely essential.

Here are our favorite recipes to power you up before you sweat. You should look at drinking your smoothie about 30–60 minutes before you hit the gym for maximum benefits.

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The Choconana

The chocolate-banana smoothie is an all time favorite. But we like to make ours with a little bit of a twist. Here’s how we do it:

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened (or skim milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (or handful of almonds)
  • 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (try our favorite: Kachava)
  • 2 squares of dark chocolate (or raw cacao)
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The Green Monster
(Spinach, Apple, Banana, Avocado)

Here’s our powered up version of the traditional green smoothie, perfect as a pre-workout boost. For this one, you should blend the spinach and the almond milk first before adding the other ingredients.

  • Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened (or skim milk)
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of shaved or fresh coconut
  • 3–4 mint leaves
  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (try our favorite: Kachava)
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The Defender
(Banana, Vanilla, Orange, Mango)

Feeling tired at the end of the week? This smoothie not only gives you the nutrients that you need for your workout, it will also boost your immune system!

  • Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 2 freshly squeezed oranges
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups almond milk unsweetened (or non-fat yogurt)
  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (try our favorite: Kachava)

We’ll be sharing more about why we love Kachava so much in an upcoming post. For now, it’s enough to say that it’s vegan, organic, fair-trade, made from superfoods, has 24g of protein, it’s low on sugar and carbs, has pretty much all of your daily vitamin and mineral needs and above all, tastes amazing!

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, we suggest trying Sun Warrior, Garden of Life or Vega.

Try these and other recipes on Vivo soon! In the meantime, check out our awesome workout classes!

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