This post workout smoothie is a client favorite! Smoothies are a favorite of mine for a quick refuel after your workout to restore your glycogen stores and provide your muscles with some amino acids.
Let’s get real though, we are busy and want something that is nutrient packed and can quickly be made! Smoothies are quick, healthy and nutrient packed! You can even throw all of the ingredients together before hand and just dump into your blender when you’re ready to make it.
The best part about smoothies is the ability to have a balance of protein, carbs and fat.
I personally love to let my bananas get ripe before I freeze them. This makes them more sweet and adds a better flavor for smoothies!
I also like to freeze my spinach. It keeps the spinach longer and makes the smoothie extra cold – which makes the smoothie that much more refreshing after your workout.
The avocado gives the smoothie a creamy texture. If you aren’t a fan of avocado, you could easily substitute plain greek yogurt (1/2 cup). Bonus – it will add more protein, keeping you fuller longer!
Tip for if you do not have vanilla protein powder – you can use a plain whey or plant-based protein powder and add in a tsp of vanilla. Something to keep in mind is that typically vanilla protein powders are sweetened so using a plain protein powder will likely affect the taste. (Hint: more ripe bananas will help with this!)
Curious how much protein you should be consuming? Check out my post here. I typically recommend after a workout trying to get at least 20 grams in. Most protein powders contain this amount but would definitely recommend checking the nutrition label!
If you don’t happen to have a blender, you can make this in a Food Processor, NutriBullet, Ninja, etc.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the post workout smoothie so please leave a comment 🙂