Smoothies are definitely great additions to any diet or meal plan. When done correctly, they are a quick and concentrated way to add protein, carbs, and fat. There are lots of great smoothie shops out there, I am a personal fan of Smoothie Factory and Jamba Juice. The options will vary regionally, of course, and feel free to share your favorites with other Rudog members. The down side to the smoothie shops is that they can be really expensive, and lots of times provide way too many calories (along with a lot of other unnecessary stuff) than is needed.
Don’t be afraid to whip up your own at home. If you make a point to keep frozen fruit on hand, as well as fresh fruits that are compatible with smoothies, you will always be ready to make your own. Yogurt or milk is fine as a base.
This recipe is super simple, but may provide some inspiration for you to just make up your own. I would love to see any recipes you come up with posted on the rudog fanpage. http://facebook.com/rudognutrition
- 1 Large ripe banana, broken into chunks
- 1/2 cup lowfat milk or yogurt
- 1 4 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1/2 cup pineapple sorbet (or flavor of your choice)
- 1 tbsp protein powder (5-8 g of protein)
Put in all in a blender and mix! Enjoy!
2g Fat, 38g Carb, 11g Protein