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A Pre-Workout Burpee Boosting Smoothie

November 1, 2015

Happy Sunday dear friends!

Remember how we posted some of our favorite ways to maximize our workouts a few weeks ago? In case you missed it, check it out here. I don’t know about you, but finding the motivation to workout is always a bit harder for me when the temperatures start getting lower. Sometimes the couch and a blanket sound very enticing! So, those tips really come in handy for us too. And for the days when our energy levels are kinda on the low side, an energy boosting smoothie is a necessity! Gotta get a boost for those burpees, am I right?! 😉

So, today I will share with you my favorite pre-workout smoothie recipe. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s full of extremely good for you superfoods that are sure to fuel your training. Since I’m a chocolate lover, I like to add cocoa to my smoothies whenever I can.

Properties of Cocoa

It’s stimulant effect is perfect for a pre-workout smoothie. Plus, it’s also said to improve your mood since it stimulates the serotonin and dopamine production. If you want to read more about the amazing properties of cocoa, the health miracle, check out this cool article. By cocoa I mean the raw kind, none of that sugary powder stuff people use for hot chocolate.

I have also included maca powder into this recipe because it is also believed to increase stamina and give you more energy.

Cinnamon is also included because it helps to balance blood sugar levels. I love adding cinnamon to just about anything buy specially to carb-loaded meals, since it helps lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. It is said to slow down the rate at which the stomach empties after a meal; therefore,  reducing the rise in blood sugar afterwards.

And last, but certainly not least a good sugar source: maple syrup. It contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals than white sugar and also has a lower glycemic index (blood sugar levels in check).

I hope this recipe will boost your workouts! Have a great Sunday!

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Burpee Boosting Smoothie
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 ml coconut or almond milk
  2. 1 medium banana (sliced and frozen)
  3. 1 tbs cocoa powder
  4. 1 tsp maca powder
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tbs Honey or maple syrup
  7. Cacao nibs to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a Nutribullet or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with some cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you use a fresh banana the smoothie won't be as dense, but it will still taste amazing. Frozen bananas are a great way to give that milkshake consistency without the ice-cream.
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