HEALTHY smoothies have become very popular amongst athletes over recent times and provide a simple, tasty and nutritious way of supporting their individual nutritional goals. Smoothies can be made from almost any type of fruit and vegetable and can include a range of different protein and carbohydrate-rich foods. This means they can provide a simple, quick and effective way of fueling the body for training or competition and/or replenishing the muscles in the recovery period afterwards. Moreover, they can also be used as a convenient method for providing the body with essential vitamins and minerals to improve the overall health of a fighter alongside helping them to recover from illness or injury.
The next section provides five different, simple, nutritious and healthy smoothies that have been updated and changed since my previous smoothie article. However, when considering these smoothies within your own nutritional strategy it is important to acknowledge that some of them may not provide an adequate amount of energy or protein to meet the intended energy demands if used in isolation as a fueling or recovery meal. Therefore, it may be useful to use them in combination with different meals or snacks. This should be manipulated accordingly by the fighter and supporting team in line with the individualised performance and body-composition goals.
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Marc Fell BSc (hons), MSc
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