If you’re interested in sculpting the perfect physique and improving the look of your hair, skin and nails all at the same time…then you’re overdue in trying the green smoothie a la fitness model diet style!
What’s the difference between the way a fitness model prepares a green smoothie and the way a normal green smoothie is made?
The difference is in the protein!
While a regular green smoothie is made up of water, greens and fruit, the smart fitness model adds a generous scoop of protein to that mix.
- The average fitness model needs to consume 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass each day, and that can be a lot to try to get in with regular food. The green smoothie is the perfect opportunity for an extra serving of protein or two in a convenient drink form.
- The added protein slows down the digestion of the carbohydrates in the fruit which prevents a spike in insulin.
Fitness models know that insulin spikes means your body is storing body fat instead of burning it and that’s not good!
- The addition of protein makes the smoothie a complete meal…perfect for when you’re in a hurry. You don’t have to compromise excellent nutrition for speed.
Note: Unless you’re drinking this smoothie post-workout, the addition of a tablespoon of extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil is an excellent choice to help with fat loss due to its high content of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). If this is a post-workout meal, then leave out the coconut oil.
Here is one of the best green smoothie recipes!
1.5 cups water
2 cups greens, packed
1 scoop whey, casein or egg protein powder, any flavor
1 lemon, peeled (or juice of one fresh lemon)
1 cup frozen fruit, unsweetened any kind
1 Tbsp. extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil
That’s it! Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth! The cool thing about this recipe is that you don’t taste the greens. It will taste like whatever kind of fruit you use.
Now if you have a high powered blender, throw the lemon in there whole for the extra fiber. If you don’t, just squeeze the juice into your regular blender.
You can mix-and-match this recipe so you don’t get bored. Change the greens, the fruit…whatever suits your individual taste.
And speaking of the greens, if you’ve never tried a green smoothie before, I suggest using fresh spinach because it has the mildest taste.
We don’t recommend any type of lettuce because they can taste quite bitter when blended.
You can also use kale, mustard greens, beet greens or any other dark leafy green that strikes your fancy. The whole point is to get yourself a good meal that is nutrient dense even if you’re in a hurry.