The Power Drive Smoothie – A High-Calorie Smoothie To Help With Weight Gain
The Power Drive Smoothie is a high-calorie breakfast smoothie. It has been designed for people who need a lot of calories at the beginning of the day or any time of the day for that matter. The Power Drive smoothie incorporates five basic ingredients in the right proportions to give you a balance of all your macronutrients as well as good to high levels of minerals. It has a smooth texture and a medium viscosity.
Info about The Power Drive Smoothie
How to make it – This is a simple smoothie, it doesn’t really get any more simple. We have a total of 5 ingredients that don’t need any special preparation, I would make two recommendations, however. The first is to put the peanut butter in last. I find that if I put it in first it sometimes has a tendency to stick to the side of the blender and then becomes difficult to clean. The second thing I would advise is to use rolled oats. Rolled oats are fantastic for smoothies; they are soft and blend very easily. If you would like to know more about different types of oats and how they compare I wrote about them in “Rolled Oats, Steel Cut Oats, and Groats – Nutrition and Benefits“.
Macro Nutrients – This Smoothie was designed with the macronutrients in mind. The Power Drive Smoothie is a high-calorie smoothie to help with weight gain, which makes it a great post gym smoothie for those looking to bulk up. It has a total of 592 kcal. The Power Drive smoothie has an incredibly balanced macronutrient profile. It delivers around 25% of all your daily macronutrient needs. There is a total of 20.6 grams of fat, of which 5.1 grams is saturated fat. This saturated fat comes mainly from the peanut butter (3 grams) and from the 1% milk (1.3 grams). There is a healthy amount of fiber too, 8.6 grams, that the rolled oats provide. The Oats also provide a large percentage of the carbohydrates; the bananas, low-fat Greek yogurt, and milk all contain carbohydrates too. In fact, the blend of these ingredients gives us a range of simple sugars and more complex carbohydrates. One of the key characteristics of this smoothie is a large amount of protein. At 31.9 grams it is the perfect amount of protein for the body to process at any one time. Like I said this is a great post gym smoothie for those looking to bulk up and add muscle.
Micro Nutrients – The Power Drive Smoothie is a powerhouse when it comes to macronutrient but it is no slouch for its micronutrient either. Although it does have low amounts of some vitamins, thanks to the milk which is naturally rich in many vitamins (and often enriched or fortified even more) it does contain a fair variety. The Power Drive does have a lot of minerals though. There is between 23% and 67% of your RDI for the 6 major minerals. In particular, it is very high in phosphorus and magnesium.
Extra Nutritional Information – The Power Drive Smoothie has just a small amount of antioxidants and polyphenols which come from the oats. It doesn’t contain any significant levels of omega 3 but does have around 4.5 grams of omega 6.
SmoothFuel Nutritional Score
The Power Drive Smoothie scored 75 on the SmoothFuel Nutritional Score. I was very impressed by this smoothie. You might think just by looking at it and seeing it has almost 600 kcal it would score poorly but because it maintains a balance of all the macronutrients and supplies us with a good amount of vitamins and minerals it scored well. The one change I would make which would, in fact, increase its score by 2 points is to switch out 1% milk for fat-free milk. This slight reduction in saturated fat helps to further balance the macronutrients and ensures we keep our saturated fat intake under control.
Extra Tip: Throwing in 40 grams of blueberries would push its score over 80! Blueberries give it an antioxidant and polyphenol boost and supply some of the vitamins the smoothie is lacking.