By Chris Newport, Head Coach & Nutritionist
I recently had an athlete share his morning, post-workout recovery shake with me (thanks, JW!). All the ingredients were healthy, including blueberries, spinach, peaches and almond butter. His goal was to shed body fat, but he was struggling to figure out why it wasn’t coming off very easily. As it turns out, his smoothie contained 1200 calories. Yep…you read that right.
What was the main culprit? Almond butter. Over 600 calories worth of it (4+ servings). Yikes.
With some simple tweaks, we were able to get his smoothie down to the right energy level (~500 calories) for his post workout needs and goals. Not only is it packed with micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc), but the macronutrient (carbs, protein, fat) amounts work much better for him (and saved him a ton of money!).
Try this as a meal replacement or after a hard interval workout, strength training session or long run, ride or hike.
Need fewer carbs? Remove the banana (23g of carbs per 100g of banana). Want to add whey or egg white protein? Go for it.
Need a scale? Here’s our favorite (and very affordable) food scale recommendation to save you from using all the cup measurements in your house!
Give it a shot and let us know what you think!