Adding pre-workout smoothies to your workout session is a great choice, and could potentially provide you with extra benefits. We’ll show you three vegan options.
Pre-workout smoothies are a great addition to add to your workout routine and should help to provide your body with the proteins and carbohydrates that it needs in order to build muscle and stay energized. These are the two most important elements of any pre-workout smoothie.
In addition to being quick and easy to make, you can even freeze them to use again at a later date which can help significantly reduce food waste. Many pre-workout smoothies are also packed with fiber and vitamins, though much of this comes down to the ingredients that you select. Below, we’ll show you some easy pre-workout vegan smoothie recipes for you to try.
1. Basic Power-Packing Smoothie
- ½ cup oats
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 dates
- ½ an avocado
- 1½ cups homemade almond milk
- Soak half a cup of raw oats in water for 15-20 minutes.
- Blend the soaked oats together with the banana, chia seeds, dates, avocado, and almond milk. Add water and ice to your desired levels.
Nutritional info: 7g protein, 44g carbohydrates
2. Protein Packed Pre-Workout Smoothie
- 2 cups homemade oat milk
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1 cup baby spinach
- ½ cup of frozen raspberries
- ¾ cup of frozen blackberries
- 3 Medjool dates
- 1 can large white beans, rinsed and drained
- Blend the oat milk, bananas, spinach, frozen berries, and dates together.
- Add in the white beans and blend until your desired consistency is reached.
Nutritional info: 20.5g protein, 118.5g carbohydrates
3. Strawberry Pre-Workout Smoothie
- 3 large bananas
- ½ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup gluten-free oats
- ½ cup cooked chickpeas
- ¼ cup cashew milk
- 1 tbsp of almond butter or homemade peanut butter
- Blend all the ingredients together. You can add more cashew milk if you feel necessary. For the toppings of the smoothie, you can add banana, almond flakes, goji or strawberries, or some chopped dark chocolate.
Nutritional info: 9g protein, 63g carbohydrates.
If you want to add some more protein to your pre-workout smoothie, you could experiment by adding some vegan protein powder from sustainable brands.
You should consume your smoothie around an hour before your workout begins, and it is important to incorporate pre-workout smoothies as part of an otherwise healthy diet. This boost of protein should allow your body to effectively repair and build muscle after exercise.
Pre-workout smoothies can help to build muscle and can be incorporated as part of your daily routine. However, it is also important to incorporate them as part of an overall healthy diet and not to solely rely on them as your only source of protein throughout the day.
To reduce waste, you can also freeze any leftover pre-workout smoothies that you make. You could also incorporate your smoothie making into healthy meal prep to help you stay organized.
In order to freeze without plastic, add your pre-workout smoothie to a stainless steel jar or bottle and place it in your freezer. It should last anywhere up to three months. However, if you haven’t used protein powder in your shake, it may last even longer. When you’re ready to consume your shake, simply transfer it from the freezer to the fridge the night before to allow it enough time to defrost.
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