Centr Team

7 healthy smoothie recipes to kickstart your year

Centr Team

Oh smoothies, is there anything you can’t do? You’re our not-too-heavy, not-too-light, just-right pre-workout meal (or sippable snack) – and the perfect way to replenish protein after a sweat sesh.

You’re a delicious and healthy breakfast on the go – and unlike overnight oats, we don’t need to worry about meal prep. You’re always there for us when we need you, at the press of a button.

If you hadn’t guessed, the Centr Team loves smoothies. From a regular banana smoothie that keeps us fueled up until lunchtime to a coffee smoothie gives us that little extra kick in the morning, they all have a place – but we’re also never content with the way things are when we see how good things COULD be!

The answer? New Year, new smoothies.

The easiest way to stay committed to your fitness goals and ‘new year, new me’ resolutions is to fuel yourself right. It’s the difference between calling it quits on an exhausting workout and having the energy to power through and smash it out.

Plus, when you’ve mastered your smoothie-making skills – instead of just throwing everything you can into a blender with half the bottle of milk – it’s healthy, whole food that feels like a sweet treat. Who could say no to that? (But if your sugar cravings are a bit intense, we can help with that too.)

We can hear your blender revving up already. But before you press ‘go’ on our new recipes, make sure you’re a true smoothie operator and avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t use sugary yogurts, sorbets or ice cream – banana has that delicious creaminess you’re after, as well as energy, fiber, and essential nutrients. Frozen bananas will even give you the thick, shake creaminess you’ve been craving without all of the refined sugar and saturated fat.

  • Don’t mess up your fruit to protein ratio – all our smoothies are both macro balanced and flavor balanced, so you’re getting all the nutrients and deliciousness in one hit. If you have been stuck on chicken breast and broccoli to build muscle, you’ll be excited to make smoothies your secret protein weapon.

  • Don’t use flavored syrups – our smoothies have the natural flavor and sweetness of fruit, and sometimes honey or maple syrup. Even syrups with artificial sweeteners should be treated with caution, as these can cause gut discomfort.

  • Don’t go too hard on the healthy high-calorie foods – we all love nut butters and chia seeds for protein, healthy fats and some amino acids, but if you’re putting half a jar of peanut butter into the blender, that’s not exactly balanced.

  • Don’t jump straight into a HIIT session immediately after downing one of these – they’re a full meal, and it could cause discomfort or a stitch. Either have it at least 2 hours before your workout, or make a smaller ‘snack’ version.

Now you know what NOT to do, are you ready to up your smoothie game? Whether you need a post-workout protein hit to gain muscle or just some healthy breakfast ideas, we have the seven freshest flavors of 2020.

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Coconut, Blueberry & Date Smoothie

This new addition to the line-up is based on our ever-popular Blueberry Smoothie. The twist: coconut water adds extra flavor, without added calories. And we’ll let you in on a smoothie secret – forget syrup, dates are where it’s at. While dried fruits can be more concentrated in sugar, you only need one date to get that rich, caramel flavor in your smoothie.

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Tired of waiting all year for pumpkin spice season? Get that warm, fuzzy feeling you love all year round, no matter the temperature, with this orange beauty. Give yourself a post-workout meal that feels like a special treat.

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Cherry Berry Smoothie

Cherries and raspberries make a delicious combo. But you can mix this smoothie up with any berries you have in the freezer or find on sale at the market. Just make sure you keep the quantities the same – it’s so easy to overdo the fruit-to-liquid ratio!

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Cinnamon Peach Smoothie

Peaches may be a summer fruit, but the great thing about this smoothie is it still works a treat with tinned peaches. And we’re not just talking flavor – tinned peaches are still full of fiber and nutrients. Just look for fruit preserved in juice (not syrup) and drain the juice before adding the peaches to your blender.

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Cranberry Spice Smoothie

Relive the festive season – without any of the stress! This sweet ‘n’ spiced little number is the perfect way to use up any frozen cranberries left over from Christmas – and make the most of those great antioxidants. If you’re really a fan of the tart cranberry flavor, you can use less maple syrup. Keep the festive spirit alive in your 2020 workout meal plan.

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Tropical Smoothie

Think a green smoothie is the only way to wake up refreshed? Try something tropical instead.

It’s fresh, it’s fruity and it’s packing a secret hydration weapon: cucumber! Yep, cucumber is a great way to add a fresh bite without overwhelming your headline flavors. Add pineapple and mint – and a little umbrella if you have one! – and it’s pretty much a poolside summer drink.

Tip: you can sub coconut yogurt for Greek yogurt and use any milk you like.

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Choc Magic Cherry Smoothie

Usually, something’s great when it comes with a cherry on top. We’ve flipped the script by putting choc on top of the cherry – and it’s incredibly delicious! Sure, it sounds like a dessert, but try this one tomorrow morning and you’ll see just how satisfying a breakfast this is. The balance of protein, fats and fiber starts your day better (and lighter) than fried eggs, bacon and all the trimmings.

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