Good morning guys! Since getting serious about the gym last year, I spent a large majority of time out the weight-room figuring out my nutrition. It’s no secret that smoothies and milkshakes are great things for gym-goers, you can pack a LOT of nutrients in them without even noticing – which was a goal I had for making a shake tailored to my needs.
I began experimenting with different flavours and textures and nutrient-rich foods to get a blend that really worked for me, and this is one that has stuck! This banana nut smoothie gives a really sweet, fruity kick to your day – and it’s something I’ve been going back to now for a couple of months.
I’m going to preface this by saying that as I’m going to the gym still, I also use unflavoured whey and casein powders (which I’ve left unlisted in this recipe, but feel free to mix and match with if you’re after a post-workout protein boost!) if not, don’t worry, this recipe alone still has a powerful kick of protein in it!
YOU WILL NEED
1/4 cup of Walnuts
1/4 cup of Almonds
1/2 cup of Oats *optional for thickness*
1 tbsp of Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 whole Banana
One great thing about smoothies that have a lot of dry ingredients is that if you’re pushed for time in the morning – you can mix the ingredients the night before then you only have to add milk and the banana the next day!
Whenever I add banana to a smoothie, the entire thing is overtaken by the taste – which can be quite useful if you’re mixing in quite bland ingredients like seeds and nuts because the smoothie will just taste of banana! Or, in this case, banana and cacao!
Don’t let the inclusion of chocolate confuse you into thinking this is unhealthy! Cacao is packed full of antioxidants and magnesium (supposedly more than any other food source in the world!). Cacao itself is the purest form of chocolate you can eat: it’s practically raw, before the processing that happens to turn the bean into cocoa.
Another fantastic ingredient are the chia seeds – which have the reputation of the healthiest seeds in existence. You can read all about the health benefits of chia seeds right here.
Walnuts, another superfood, and almonds are two great sources of protein and healthy fats. Almonds outweigh walnuts in protein count while the walnuts beat almonds in healthy fat content – so both work well together for an energising smoothie such as this!
I’d love to hear if you make the smoothie at home, or if you have any of your own smoothie recipes that you love!
I had so much fun doing this food-ish post that I might work on a smoothie recipe for summer! If you’re interested, be sure to let me know! Either comment down below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
I hope you have a wonderful day,