Food is the fuel that keeps us going. As you would not pour poor quality gas into your car, do not expect your body to run on junk food. Instead, take some time to make simple meals that will be enough to replenish your body with energy.
It is not nearly as difficult as you think, and it is very rewarding. All you need to know is what nutrients you should consume and how to combine them and have a balanced diet.
Protein is one of the main building materials of our bodies (20 percent of our bodies mass is protein), and that is why it is important to include it in our diet (10-35 percent of our daily calorie intake).
Carbohydrates are providing us the needed energy and fiber is in charge for regulating the movement of nutrients throughout our bodies.
Do not skip on good fat, vitamins and minerals, too. Read on for life-changing recipes that will help get through your day with both your stomach and energy full.
Green Warrior Smoothie
Sometimes you simply do not have enough time to cook. Let us be honest, though, you always have enough time to prepare a smoothie.
This delicious protein packed smoothie contains many nutritional superheroes.
Kale is there to fill you with vitamins and antioxidants and to lower cholesterol levels; cucumber is in charge of hydration; grapefruit to detoxify your liver, etc.
- 1 cup de-stemmed kale
- ½ cup red grapefruit juice
- 1 cored and chopped apple
- 1 cup chopped cucumber heaping
- ¼ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 4 ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.
Dark Chocolate Protein Shake
If you are up for some decadent, yet healthy treat, this is the recipe for you.
This is a proof that protein shakes which were always resort for weight control, calorie burn, muscle gain and getting all the necessary nutrients (by mixing fruits, vegetables, coconut oil, etc), can be very delicious.
If whey protein is added then you have that extra power of wide range of amino acids and the result of increased strength and boosted metabolism.
To have a successful gym training program many personal trainers recommend drinking protein shakes like this one 30 minutes after workout.
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 cup non dairy milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 scoop whey chocolate protein powder
- ¼ tsp peppermint extract
- Pinch of sea salt
Mix everything and blend until smooth. You can top it with whipping cream or Greek yogurt.
Strawberries Almond Protein Smoothie
We do not know about you, but we already got some mouth-watering going on. Still, this is not just one tasty smoothie. It also packs a healthy punch.
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants. They are boosting your immunity, promoting eye health, keeping wrinkles at bay, etc. Almond is also loaded with antioxidants and delivers a massive amount of nutrients.
- ½ almonds (soak them overnight)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/cup filtered water
- 1 tbsp maca powder
Blend until smooth and enjoy. You see, it takes almost no time and no effort to prepare an energy-boosting meal. So feel free to try some of these recipes and to feel great.