A smoothie is the perfect snack to help you refuel after you’ve broken a sweat. After a workout, your body has what’s known as a ‘glycogen window,’ a 30 to 60 minute period that’s the optimal time for your cells to receive nutrients. Drinking a healthful smoothie during this window will help your muscles recover from your workout and come back stronger for the next one.
The ideal smoothie strikes the perfect balance between protein, fiber, and antioxidants. This can be achieved by combining a protein, like almonds or peanut butter, greens, like spinach, and the fruit of your choice, like bananas, strawberries or blueberries. Layer the combination on top of ice in your blender, top it all off with a liquid, like water or coconut milk, and you’ve got yourself the perfect post-gym pick-me-up.
These 7 post-workout smoothies will give you the energy boost you need to power through the rest of your day. They’re hearty enough to stand in in place of a conventional breakfast, and great to make ahead and pop in the freezer so they’re ready immediately after your gym session.
1. Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie
This tropical post-workout drink contains a powerful punch of antioxidants that will help repair free radical damage to your cells.
2. Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Smoothie
Made with banana, avocado, spinach and kale, this on-the-go breakfast will have you feeling full for hours.
3. Vegan Avocado Spinach Smoothie
This delicious smoothie is also a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. It contains 11 grams of protein with only vegan-friendly ingredients.
4. Big 5 Superfood Smoothie
We call this the ‘Big 5’ because it combines five of the best foods for boosting health. If you’re looking for a super smoothie, look no further.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Chocolate lovers will devour this concoction of cocoa powder and peanut butter, and 10 grams of protein will keep you feeling full all morning long.
6. Almond Protein Smoothie
Heart healthy almonds abound in this protein-filled smoothie, which contains both raw almonds and almond milk. The nuts are a good source of protein and calcium, plus they can help manage your cholesterol.
7. Chocolate Banana Wonderland Smoothie
This creamy, dreamy smoothie melds the delicious flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and bananas for the perfect post-workout reboot.
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