Remember when Rob Gronkowski announced that he was coming out of retirement? One of the biggest "buzz" questions that people were asking was "How is he going to get back to his playing weight?" See, when Gronk retired, he focused more on his flexibility, pliability and healing his body through low impact exercise. In the process, he shed A LOT of muscle(which isn't a bad thing) but, it doesn't exactly lend itself to being an effective Tight End in the NFL. When Rob decided to get back on the field, he needed to pack on muscle...FAST. But, he wanted to do it in the healthiest way possible. In order to do this, he created a "Super" smoothie packed with an abundance of natural superfoods that helped him get back into playing shape and ultimately win ANOTHER Super Bowl! He famously said when asked about his weight going into training camp "I am about four protein shakes away from my playing weight!" Well, these are the protein shakes he was talking about...
For reference, here is a before and after picture of Rob in retirement vs playing shape:
So, let's break down what goes into Rob Gronkowski's "Gameday Ice Shaker Smoothie"!
Almond Milk-1 Cup
Oatmeal has MANY health benefits. For starters, it is high in fiber which helps improve your gut health and will make you feel fuller for longer. It also contains magnesium, zinc and iron which help increase energy and reduce inflamation.
Avocados are INCREDIBLY nutritious. They contain high levels of potassium which can aid in recovery and they are LOADED with heart-healthy, monounsaturated fatty acids.
Muscle building is all about recovery. In order for the body to recovery properly, it needs to be hydrated! Adding a serving of electrolyte powder/liquid to your smoothie is a great way to stay hydrated and keep your body performing at the optimal level.
A smoothie has to have a smooth, drinkable consistency right?! Rob adds a cup of water to achieve maximum drinkability without adding any additional calories or sugars.
Another antioxidant rich food that will act as a healthy, natural sweetener. Gronk swears by dates and claims that they are "his second favorite ingredient" in his smoothie. High in fiber, heart healthy and TASTY...it's easy to see why.
Ever heard of this one? If not, you're in for a treat. Moringa powder comes from the Moringa oleifera plant and has been used for centuries in other countries for it's antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also said to help keep bones healthy, reduce high blood pressure, improve eye health and even help wounds to heal faster with reduced scarring.
Maca Root Powder-1.5 Grams
Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, Maca root can be found high in the Andes mountains of Peru. It is high in essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, copper and zinc. Supplementing with Maca root has been claimed to help users gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.
Almond Butter-2 Tbsp
Gronk uses these smoothies to keep his weight up. But, like we discussed in the introduction, he was looking for the healthiest possible way to do it. Almond butter is a great way to add good calories to your smoothie. It is also high in monounsaturated fats which help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and raise HDL "good" cholesterol.
Plant Based Protein Powder-2 Scoops
We'll bet you were wondering when we were actually going to get to the primary source of protein for this muscle building super smoothie! It's no secret that protein is essential to building quality muscle. Rob prefers a plant based protein powder because it offers more than just protein alone. Plant based protein powders naturally contain antioxidants and minerals that you simply won't find in animal protein alone. Additionally, plant protein can help our bodies naturally balance our pH levels with it's alkalizing properties which combat acidity in our bodies. Finally, you can rest assured that there will not be any antibiotics or growth hormones added like you may find in some animal based proteins.
There you have it! Gronks Gameday Smoothie. So, if you're looking to put on lean muscle, following a four time super bowl champ's blueprint is not a bad way to start!
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