Try This Coffee and Fruit Smoothie for a Pre-Workout Energy Boost

This coffee and berry pre-workout smoothie can give an athlete a competitive edge.

Have you ever tried a caffeinated smoothie? If not, you are missing out on all the benefits of caffeine for performance. Although coffee is often demonized, it actually has many beneficial components that can enhance your athletic potential. Many studies have shown that consuming caffeine before a workout may give an athlete a slight competitive edge.

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This caffeinated smoothie will not only give you a little boost to push you through a tough workout, it is packed with antioxidants that can prevent inflammation. Not surprisingly, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains 8 ounces of water. Coffee isn't normally recommended for hydration, but it's definitely an added benefit.

The other ingredients in this smoothie are also great pre-workout fuel. Strawberries provide simple carbs to give you a little extra energy, and they are an anti-inflammatory fruit. Frozen strawberries are frozen at the peak of freshness, so they are at the peak of nutrient composition. Plus, strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, which is great for keeping athletes healthy all year long. Greek yogurt is extremely high in protein and calcium, which helps your muscles recover properly and strengthens your bones. With all of these nutritional perks, this smoothie is the perfect thing to have an hour or two before a workout. Just be cautious about drinking coffee too close to a workout, as it can cause stomach distress.

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Coffee Berry Smoothie Recipe

Coffee Berry Smoothie

Makes a 12-ounce smoothie

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Starbucks cold brew coffee
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 4 frozen strawberries

Directions

  • Place the coffee, yogurt, dates and strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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Topics: PRE-WORKOUT NUTRITION | COFFEE | ANTIOXIDANTS | STRAWBERRY | SMOOTHIE RECIPES