10 Banana Smoothies to Keep You Running

Smoothies: Best Energy Snack Before Running and Workouts?

Preparing well before exercise, a sporting event or even a day out playing is essential to get the most out of yourself. Eating the wrong foods before a workout can leave you not feeling in the mood, lethargic and generally lazy. A heavy meal may make you bloated, and a too much meat can take a long time to digest.

People respond differently to different foods, but if you find that you are sometime feeling sluggish during a run or a workout, then it is essential that you look at how you fuel yourself beforehand.

For an extra boost, then add banana to your smoothie. Bananas are also easy to digest, and can actually be eaten during a low intensity workout. Many endurance runners eat bananas during the race, while running. Bananas also contain plentiful reserves of potassium which helps to maintain healthy nerve and muscle function.

Adding yogurt to your smoothie increases your magnesium intake, which is essential to activate the enzymes involved in the metabolism of both protein and carbohydrate.

The key to finding the best pre and post workout snacks is to experiment. Take note of how you feel during your workouts, and after too. Fueling yourself properly can help to increase your performance immediately. Check out our smoothie recipes for ideas.

Smoothies are possibly the best way to eat to fuel your muscles, and bananas are an excellent source of energy for athletes because they can be digested while still exercising. They provide hydration and are easily digested. If made with milk they provide additional protein, whereas fruits provide natural sugars to fuel your muscles and boost glycogen reserves.

As the banana smoothie is the staple home made energy drink for so many people, here we provide 10 banana smoothies for you to enjoy. If you find that you lack energy when jogging or running then bananas could be the solution.

Bananas also contain a good source of soluble fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. Vitamin C also aids tissue repair post exercise. Potassium regulates water and neuromuscular function. Vitamin B6 is needed for processing amino acids. Bananas are excellent for athletes.

1. Banana Ice Cream Smoothie

OK, not the healthiest start to our banana smoothie collection, but a tasty one!

Chop the bananas first, and blend well to ensure smooth. You can try honey instead of Maple syrup, and any flavor ice cream you like!

2. Banana and Apple Smoothie

3. Berry and Banana Smoothie

This is a great way to get a vitamin boost from your smoothie!

4. Banana and Blackberry Smoothie

A great smoothie to drink before heading out for a long Autumnal run.

5. Banana and Strawberry Iced Smoothie

A great refreshing summer smoothie.

This will need extra blending time. A good, thick summer smoothie.

6. Banana Breakfast Smoothie

A list of banana smoothies would not be complete without a breakfast smoothie.

The crushed oats mean that this smoothie contains a good portion of slow release energy to keep you going throughout the morning.

7. Banana Breakfast Smoothie 2

This probably could do with a better name! Suggestions welcome

Another tasty breakfast smoothie with a fruitier flavor.

8. Banana and Egg Smoothie

Remember Rocky downing raw eggs for breakfast before heading out for an early morning run? Well, this smoothie gives you the same egg protein, but without the eggy texture.

9. Chocolate Banana Dream Smoothie

A bit of an indulgence, but the extra energy in the chocolate will keep you active for longer. Just do measure your waist.

10. Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

This is possibly the ultimate in energy smoothies.

And there are our 10 favorite banana smoothies. Whether you are in need of a energy boost to aid your training, a high calorie smoothie to keep you going all morning, or a refreshing vitamin burst, our smoothies cater for all.