Shop-bought smoothies are far from ideal – most contain about as much sugar as a can of pop. The solution? Blend your own. This protein smoothie, designed by nutritionist Scott Baptie, contains spinach and avocado balanced with sweetness from honey and strawberries and it tastes delicious. Advantage: you.
You’ll find more delicious fruit and veg combos among our best smoothie recipes, and our best protein shake recipes will help you refuel efficiently after a workout. You can drink this smoothie as part of a weight loss meal plan for women or a weight loss diet plan for men, just swap it out for a meal or snack of a similar calorific value.
Spinach And Avocado Protein Smoothie Recipe
Ingredients (Serves One)
- Handful of strawberries
- ½ avocado
- 50g spinach
- 10g honey
- 1 scoop whey protein
- Water to taste
We entered all the smoothie ingredients into Myfitnesspal, one of the best weight-loss apps for calorie counting, to get an approximate nutritional breakdown. Coming in at a very reasonable 301 calories, this smoothie provides a good balance of macros: 28g of protein, 23g of carbs, 13g fat and 8g of fibre.
Avocados contain healthy fats as well as vitamins C, E and K.
Spinach is rich in iron and vitamin A.
Honey is a natural carbohydrate source that will help replenish your glycogen stores.
Whey protein is essential for building and repairing muscle after a workout.
Water keeps you hydrated – just 1% dehydration can lead to a 10% reduction in workout performance.
Strawberries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants
Scott Baptie is a physique and sports nutritionist, online personal trainer and director of FoodForFitness.co.uk
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Lucy Miller is an experienced journalist who has worked across a range of health and fitness titles. She was the fitness and nutrition editor at Men’s Fitness UK, and has also been fitness editor of both Health & Fitness UK and Women’s Fitness UK. Lucy qualified as a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutritionist in 2008.