This Post Workout Smoothie is the perfect drink to recharge after a tough workout! Chock full of ingredients to replenish your body.
You guys. Have you ever been to a barre class? OMG. If you have been to one you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never been to one, let me give you a basic idea of what it’s like. Picture a bunch of ladies in leggings doing the HARDEST WORKOUT EVER. I started going to barre classes a few weeks ago and it is probably the best (and hardest) workout I have ever done. I end each class drenched in sweat, sore and STARVING.
It doesn’t help that I have to walk by a doughnut shop on my way home. Last week I was only able to resist the doughnut because I knew I was making this Post Workout Smoothie when I got home from my workout. Not that this smoothie is a doughnut, I mean, it’s a smoothie, let’s all be reasonable. BUT, it is a really tasty smoothie filled with ingredients that replenish your body after a tough workout. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you eat a small meal with both protein and carbohydrates within two hours of a workout to help your muscles recover, and the other ingredients can help fight muscle soreness.
What ingredients are we talking about and why did I chose them for my post workout smoothie? Let’s take a look:
(Please note I’m not a nutritionist and all of this information came from good old google. This information isn’t meant to be used as a medical opinion, always talk to your doctor if you have health concerns!)
- Cherries – Studies show that cherries can combat post workout muscle soreness! They are also known to reduce inflammation – something that causes soreness after a workout.
- Pineapple – Pineapple is also known to be anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce post workout soreness.
- Bananas – helps replenish carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium lost during a workout.
- Greek yogurt – Protein to help repair your muscles and calcium to help fight bone loss.
- Coconut Water – Nature’s Gatorade! Replaces electrolytes and helps you rehydrate.
Not to mention, it tastes pretty amazing. Be sure to use fruit that has not been sweetened, as well as coconut water with no added sugar – the fruit adds plenty of its own natural sweetness, and you don’t want to load this Post Workout Smoothie up with unnecessary calories after you just worked so hard to burn them off! Tell me, what is your favorite workout?
Post Workout Smoothie
Yield 1 Serving
1 frozen banana
heaping 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
heaping 1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 and 1/4 cups coconut water (I like Zico)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If smoothie is too thick, add more coconut water or plain water to reach desired consistency. Drink immediately.
As always I recommend using frozen fruit in smoothies for the best taste and consistency.