If you’re looking for a quick post-training protein smoothie, look no further. This one is sure to help replenish lost electrolytes and pack the super important protein punch your body needs after fatiguing your muscles during that sweat-filled training (or racing) session.
It’s got creamy almond butter which offers healthy fats and protein, and coconut water to help restore electrolytes. Add in some Greek yogurt and a scoop of your favorite whey to further elevate the protein content.
In a blender, add the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can also sub regular yogurt)
- 3 Tbsp almond butter (you can sub another nut butter if you prefer)
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup ice
Process until smooth. This recipe will yield 2 servings. Drink right away while chilled.
BEFORE OR AFTER?
If you’d rather have something more solid than a smoothie after you train (or even race!), then you can always turn this post-training protein smoothie into a pre-training or pre-race breakfast in a glass option instead!
Generally speaking, consuming protein after a hard effort is beneficial to your body being able to repair cells & tissues, along with other structures in the body (ie: muscles). Protein is also required to transport lipids and minerals throughout the body, ensuring adequate supply and absorption, so skipping out on the consumption of protein can be detrimental to how your body recovers.
In some instances, protein may be used as an energy source if your body has a deficit of calories, carbs, or fat intake, so consuming protein prior to a hard effort isn’t necessarily the worst option. But, if you have a choice — consumption of protein after a hard effort is ideal. That’s why we’ve suggested this easy smoothie recipe. It’s not always practical to make a full meal (nor does it always sound appealing) right away. But, getting something in that’s easy to get down quickly will always be worth it.
Let us know in the comments below if you try this one out!