Chef Kait’s Weekly Fit Recipe: Smoothie 101

Since the invention of the blender, smoothies have been an awesome way to pack a ton of nutrients in one glass, and for this reason they have become a staple in the diet of many fitness enthusiasts.

With the ability to blend carbs, protein and fats into one glass, there are thousands of ways to get all your macronutrients in one easy to-go container – and make it tasty, too!

But with so many ways to do it right, there are a lot of ways to do it wrong. One can get overwhelmed or excited by the options and throw anything and everything into the blender, or overdose on one or two ingredients. Whether it becomes unhealthy or just plain unappetizing.

So what makes a great smoothie? The utilization of healthy ingredients, without overdosing on one food group (Blender Blunder #1 – too much fruit!). One should use ONE serving of each: fruit or complex carbohydrate, veggie, fat and protein.

Here is an example with my favorite smoothie recipe I’d like to share with you all:

BERRY-KALE-CHIA-PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (measurements vary depending on size of blender)

One cup frozen organic chopped kale (or spinach)

Half a cup of frozen berries

1 cup unsweetened milk (coconut and almond milk is dairy-free and low in calories and sugar, but has healthy fat)

One scoop of your favorite protein powder (I use chocolate-flavored powder, whether plant-based or whey)

Two tablespoons chia seeds

Put the kale in first, add berries and cover with milk. Add protein powder and chia seeds. Blend and enjoy!

There you have it: every macronutrient in one glass, making it a perfect (and delicious) meal high in protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full for hours!”

 

It’s time for #FitFoodieFriday! Kait Taylor is an avid fitness enthusiast, all star trainer and healthy food junkie! Check out “Chef Kait’s” tips and recipe today in “Smoothie 101.”

 

“Since the invention of the blender, smoothies have been an awesome way to pack a ton of nutrients in one glass, and for this reason they have become a staple in the diet of many fitness enthusiasts.

 

With the ability to blend carbs, protein and fats into one glass, there are thousands of ways to get all your macronutrients in one easy to-go container – and make it tasty, too!

 

But with so many ways to do it right, there are a lot of ways to do it wrong. One can get overwhelmed or excited by the options and throw anything and everything into the blender, or overdose on one or two ingredients. Whether it becomes unhealthy or just plain unappetizing.

 

So what makes a great smoothie? The utilization of healthy ingredients, without overdosing on one food group (Blender Blunder #1 – too much fruit!). One should use ONE serving of each: fruit or complex carbohydrate, veggie, fat and protein.

 

Here is an example with my favorite smoothie recipe I’d like to share with you all:

 

BERRY-KALE-CHIA-PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (measurements vary depending on size of blender)

One cup frozen organic chopped kale (or spinach)

Half a cup of frozen berries

1 cup unsweetened milk (coconut and almond milk is dairy-free and low in calories and sugar, but has healthy fat)

One scoop of your favorite protein powder (I use chocolate-flavored powder, whether plant-based or whey)

Two tablespoons chia seeds

 

Put the kale in first, add berries and cover with milk. Add protein powder and chia seeds. Blend and enjoy!
There you have it: every macronutrient in one glass, making it a perfect (and delicious) meal high in protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full for hours!

Originally published on the Tewksbury Sports Club Facebook page April 1o, 2015. Check out my #FitFoodieFriday posts every week at https://www.facebook.com/tewksburysportsclub

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