Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie Bowl

This Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie is a great pre- or post-workout addition to your day. It is full of protein for recovery, carbs for energy, and antioxidants to help with recovery. And it’s a beautiful color which is a plus!

Smoothie bowls are super popular now, and for good reason. Getting the texture thick enough is key, and the secret is in the frozen banana and a maybe less obvious ingredient…..frozen zucchini! Now, before you think it makes the smoothie gross, I promise it doesn’t. When you blend the zuchinni with the other ingredients, you can’t taste it at all – it replaces ice, making the smoothie less watery.

This smoothie bowl has so many important fueling components to you as a soccer player and it tastes amazing!

Smoothie Bowl Fueling Tips

  • Calcium from the almond milk ensures proper bone health and can prevent fractures or breaks during season
  • A ratio of 3:1 carbs (banana, almond milk, oats, toppings) to protein (protein powder) after training ensures proper recovery and prepares you for your next session
  • Anti-oxidants and phytochemicals from the blueberries help decrease inflammation and prevent feelings of soreness
  • Zucchini contains fiber which is great for gut health!

Fun fact: smoothies are great around a traning session because they are easier to digest.

Important Smoothie Building Tips

  • Add your liquid first! This is important.
  • Don’t skip the frozen banana!
  • If you are a smoothie queen, a high power blender will give the best consistency. Though a little pricey, my Vitamix blender was my first big girl purchase 5 years ago and it was 100% worth it.
  • Feel free to get creative with the toppings! I love adding all-natural nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, cereal, and granola.
  • If your smoothie bowl is more liquid than you would like, place it into the freezer for a couple of minutes after you have poured it into the bowl!

Questions about fueling before and ofter training? I understand! It can be challenging to fuel after training but I break down the do’s and don’ts of pre and post training fueling to ensure you can make the most of your workout and recovery.

Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie Bowl

Reilly Beatty MS, RD
Prep Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Snack
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen zuchinni
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup almond milk*
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder**
  • ice (if necessary)

Instructions
 

  • Starting with liquid first, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a medium sized bowl and top with your favorite toppings!

Notes

*You can use any milk that you would like. In my experience, smoothies taste better with a dairy alternative milk but you can use whatever you prefer!
** My favorite protein powders are 

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