We know mixing a supplement powder with water and shaking to blend might not be everyone’s favorite way to enjoy their pre-workout and increase energy levels. There are so many different ways you can enjoy a powdered supplement, which is why we’ve put together a list of 5 different, yummy ways you can enjoy your Aila pre-workout supplement drink and enjoy a tasty and natural energy boost.
Make A Smoothie!
One of the most classic things you can do with protein powder is to blend it up in a smoothie. This is one of our favorite ways to drink superfood powders because with the addition of fruit and milk we stay full and satisfied longer. These smoothies are the perfect way to get our pre-workout caffeine before we head to the gym or to start our day. Smoothies are super easy to make, we use the following ingredients most mornings:
- Unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite milk)
- Your favorite fruit (we love adding berries with Energy + Focus and citrus and melons with Energy + Immune.
- A scoop of Aila superfood powder
Superfood Powder Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding has become super popular over the last few years, especially in the health guru community. Chia is rich in fiber, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid which is an important anti-inflammatory fat known as “the plant omega-3”. This pudding is perfect to use as a pre-workout supplement to improve performance without any long-term or short-term side effects.
Chia seed pudding is a great pre-workout alternative to traditional yogurt and pudding because you can add any flavoring or superfood powder to it and it will taste great! If you are sensitive to caffeine, it is time to check out this easy-to-follow chia pudding recipe to get your pre-workout caffeine.
- 1 1/2 cups dairy-free milk (or your favorite)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1-2 Tbsp your choice of Aila Superfood Powder
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- To a mixing bowl add dairy-free milk, your choice of Aila powder, chia seeds, maple syrup (to taste), and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 6 hours). The chia pudding should be thick and creamy. If not, add more chia seeds, stir, and refrigerate for another hour or so.
- Enjoy as-is, or layer with compote or fresh fruit! Will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Sprinkle On Fruit Salad
This sounds super simple, but it is the best life hack ever!
Sprinkling our pre-workout alternative powders onto fruit is so easy, delicious, and helpful for weight loss. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use any fruit you want. We love to sprinkle our Focus + Energy powder onto berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. We sprinkle our Energy + Immunity powder onto citrus fruits like peaches, oranges, and cantaloupe.
Superfood Protein Bars
This recipe is a must-try! This recipe includes the superfood flax, of which just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to being a rich source of some vitamins and minerals. These bards are so yummy and if you make a big batch you can freeze them and always have a tasty, healthy, gluten-free snack ready to go. If you are doing intense exercise this choice can help you with muscle growth too.
This recipe by Nora Schlesinger of A Clean Bake is our favorite:
- 2 cups of your favorite Aila powder
- ½ cup ground flax meal
- ½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
- ¼ cup granulated monk fruit sweetener (like Norbu) or granulated Stevia (like Natvia), optional
- 2 cups nut butter of choice (like peanut butter)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 10 pitted Medjool dates (including +10 amino acids)
- 1 cup cacao nibs, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut for garnish (optional)
- Lightly grease a 14″ rectangular pan and set it aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade, pulse the protein powder, flax meal, cocoa powder, and sweetener (if using) together a couple of times to combine.
- Add the nut butter, coconut oil, and dates, and process until the batter comes together in a large mass and there are no clumps of date left. You may need to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl a couple of times to make sure everything gets incorporated.
- Add the cacao nibs, and pulse 2-3 times to incorporate (or transfer to a bowl and fold them in by hand).
- Turn the dough into the prepared pan, and use your hand or a spatula to press into a single, tightly packed layer.
- Sprinkle additional cacao nibs and shredded coconut on top, if you want, for added texture and flavor.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars.