I love to exercise, but I also love smoothies. Which is why I’ve combined my two favorite things into the perfect post-workout snack: smoothie recipes that are easy to make, taste great, and give you tons of energy. These four recipes are perfect for anyone who wants a healthy meal after their workout (or even before!).
Pineapple Kale Smoothie
This smoothie is a great way to kickstart your day. The pineapple provides an explosion of vitamin C and the kale will give you a boost of iron and calcium, as well as helping calm your digestion.
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup water (or coconut water)
1/2 cup ice
Blueberry Almond Smoothie
This smoothie is not only delicious, but it also contains all the vitamins and minerals you need to replenish your body after a workout. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and can help you fight off illness and disease. Almonds are a good source of protein, which is essential for muscle recovery after exercise. Bananas contain potassium that helps balance fluid levels in the body and coconut milk contains healthy fats which help provide energy to our muscles after a tough workout. Cinnamon provides antioxidants that will help you recover faster from your workouts so you can get back on track faster!
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- Half a ripe banana, frozen or fresh
- A handful of oats (you can use gluten-free oats if you’re on a special diet)
- A splash of milk (dairy-free is great too!)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth and ice cold. You can add more milk if it’s too thick for your liking—or more oats to make it thicker. Enjoy! This recipe makes one serving, but you can double or triple it depending on how many people need their daily intake of vitamins.
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
This smoothie is refreshing and delicious, especially on a hot day. It’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients—like frozen strawberries, water, and a scoop of protein powder—making it a great way to refuel after your workout.
Start by putting all the ingredients in your blender: 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 cup milk (or alternative milk substitute), ½ banana, 1 scoop protein powder (chocolate or vanilla), ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and about 2 cups ice cubes. Blend until smooth!
These smoothies are full of protein that will help you recover from your workout.
Protein is one of the most important elements for recovery. It helps repair damaged muscle tissue, and it’s also essential for building new muscle fibers. This is on my list of Smoothie Recipes.
In order to maximize your gains in the gym, you should aim to consume 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily (e.g., if you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 150-225 grams). The best sources of protein are animal proteins like eggs, poultry, fish, and red meat; however, if these aren’t your thing or they just don’t fit into your diet plan then plant-based sources such as beans/legumes are also fine!
You can increase your protein intake by having more chicken breast instead of ground beef (or even try eating less red meat altogether), getting a few extra eggs each week or adding them into smoothies like this one!
I hope you enjoyed these smoothies! They are all delicious and nutritious. I personally love the strawberry lemonade smoothie because it tastes like sweets, but is also healthy for your body. I also recommend trying out different fruits to see what you like best. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to use kale in your food or smoothies read this article from Healthline called “Kale: A Guide to Getting Your Daily Dose.”
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