3 SMOOTHIES TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

18 Mar 2020 | Student Advice, Wellbeing

University life can come with its challenges. Students may feel stressed trying to juggle impending deadlines, part-time work and a social life. At times of stress it can feel tempting to reach for last night’s pizza, but maintaining a healthy diet is vital and has been linked to better memory and alertness. Read below for three of my easy to make smoothie recommendations, which will give you that extra energy boost to start the day well.

 

Peanut butter and banana 

This smoothie provides healthy fats and proteins, giving you the perfect morning boost. We’ve suggested adding protein powder to improve strength and performance for those working out or doing sports. Flax seeds are an antioxidant said to be great at preventing constipation, high cholesterol and heart disease. Agave nectar contains less sugar than honey, making it great for weight loss.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 1-2 overripe bananas
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
  • Half a pint of semi skimmed milk or milk alternative
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 tbsp of oats (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar 
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds

Method:

  • Add banana, peanut butter, milk, protein powder, oats, agave nectar and flax seeds into a blender

  • Blend until smooth and serve

Super Berry Mix

This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and is high in fibre. Berries are also one of the best fruits to use if you’re looking to lose weight, as they tend to be the lowest in sugar.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 6 strawberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 6 blueberries
  • 250 ml of yoghurt or dairy free alternative
  • Half a pint of semi-skimmed milk or alternative
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Ice cubes

Method:

  • Add strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, yoghurt, milk, chia seeds and finally some ice into a blender
  • Blend until smooth and serve

Green Routine

The fruits and vegetables used in this smoothie are all great sources of carbohydrate, which help to provide your body with energy. Kefir, a fermented drink, is rich in probiotic bacteria and promotes a healthy gut.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 2 apples sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 200g of spinach
  • 100g of kale
  • 6 raspberries
  • 100 ml of kefir

Method:

  • Add apples, avocado, spinach, kale, raspberries and kefir into a blender
  • Blend until smooth and serve

By Kieran Singh

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