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7 Tasty Post Workout Smoothies

One of the best times to enjoy a protein shake or smoothie is after a tough workout. You’ve already challenged yourself physically and worked hard to improve your physical and mental health. Now, it’s time to cap off a solid workout with a healthy treat that will help your body recover and get stronger for your next workout.

Sure, you can always mix a bit of protein powder in water or milk if you prefer something simple or are in a rush, but sometimes it’s nice to enjoy something with a bit more substance  for your muscle recovery and other diet goalsThe seven smoothie recipes below require just a few ingredients, but enhance both the flavor and nutrient profile of a simple protein shake to help with  with muscle growth, recovery and appetite control.

(For best results, combine all ingredients in blender or similar powered mixer)

1. Peanut butter and banana smoothie

Peanut butter and protein is a classic combination, especially when used with a whey-based protein powder. Whey has a naturally smooth and creamy flavor that makes it excellent in tandem with peanut butter. A frozen or fresh banana provides extra flavor and creamy texture, plus some healthy carbohydrates.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop Gainful protein powder

  • 1 Rich Cocoa Flavor Boost

  • ½ banana, chopped to preference

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

  • Ice to taste

  • 6 - 10 oz of water (replace with milk if desired)

2. Strawberry coconut protein shake

If you’re looking for a sweet shot of protein after pushing yourself in the gym, this strawberry coconut smoothie will be right up your alley. Coconut milk is an excellent source of healthy fats and carbohydrates. Strawberries add a sweet and creamy texture – you can alter the flavor of this one by choosing a different kind of protein powder base.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 - 2 scoops  Gainful Protein Powder

  • 1 Madagascar Vanilla Flavor Boost

  • ½  cup strawberries, diced

  • Ice to taste

  • 6 oz coconut milk

3. Key lime pie protein smoothie

If you are looking for a refreshing green smoothie recipe that uses a sweet flavor from a classic tropical dish, look no further than the key lime pie protein shake. Like other citrus fruits, lime juice is high in vitamins and antioxidants. By incorporating the sour lime flavor to contrast the creamy yogurt and sweet honey in this recipe, you can get protein in a healthy beverage that tastes like an all-time-favorite dessert. You can play with the flavors in this recipe by changing the yogurt base.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tbsp Greek or plain yogurt

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 1 scoop Gainful Protein Powder

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 tbsp honey 

  • Ice to taste

4. Fruit and protein smoothie

It might seem unnatural to combine protein and fruit, but it shouldn’t: they can be a great mix if you combine them properly! Because they are fast-digesting carbs, fruits have the ability to quickly alter blood sugar levels, which makes you feel full on its own. Many fruits also have anti-inflammatory properties. Combine savory fruit with your favorite protein powder and you have a delicious smoothie that keeps you full and helps your protein intake!

INGREDIENTS:

(dice all fruit to preferred texture)

 

  • 1 scoop  Gainful Protein Powder

  • ¼ apple ½ banana

  •  ½ cup blueberries

  • ½ cup plain or Greek yogurt

  • 8 oz water

  • 1 pinch of chia seeds

  • Ice to taste

  • Madagascar Vanilla Flavor Boost (optional)

5. Spinach protein smoothie (easy to make vegan)

Widely considered a superfood, spinach provides an array of health benefits, including vitamins and minerals that help our body function. It’s even been associated with improved eyesight in some research. Spinach and protein may not be the first pair that comes to mind, but many people enjoy the contrast. Try using pea protein powder or incorporating additional fruits, leafy greens and veggies like avocado and kale to add in even more variety to the texture of your drink!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop Gainful protein powder 

  • ½ cup spinach, chopped

  • 6 oz milk or milk alternative

  • ¼ banana, chopped

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • Ice to taste 

  • Madagascar Vanilla Flavor Boost (optional)

6. Chocolate protein delight

Everyone knows the feeling: sometimes you just want something sweet! For true chocolate lovers, this dessert-like blast of protein and flavor will provide a delicious reward at the end of a long workout. Dark chocolate is rich in healthy antioxidants and also believed to be beneficial for healthy blood circulation. And consuming your chocolate in a tasty protein shake form will help you repair muscle while saving you the serious amount of calories and processed ingredients you’d likely find at your local ice cream shop.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 - 2 scoops Gainful protein powder

  • 8 oz milk

  • 50g dark chocolate or cacao

  • 1 tbsp nutella (or substitute yogurt)

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder or Rich Cocoa Flavor Boost

  • Ice to taste

7. Almond protein smoothie

Almonds make a great compliment for a variety of protein powder flavors due to their smooth and slightly sweet texture. Almonds also come in many different forms.. Almonds and other nut butter and milk products are also high in healthy fats that can help provide energy and keep you full for long days.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop Gainful Protein Powder

  • ¼ banana, chopped

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt (substitute to taste)

  • 1 Vanilla or Rich Cocoa Flavor Boost (optional)

  • Ice cubes to taste

What to know about picking the right post workout smoothie recipes

There’s really no right or wrong answer when it comes to which kind of smoothie is ideal for your post-workout treat. If you need to stick to a certain number of grams of protein per day to build muscle or provide energy for strength training, you might as well consume some of them in a healthy smoothie to give yourself variety and enjoy a tasty, dessert-like treat. By combining your post-workout protein powder with other foods, you can easily incorporate a good amount of nutritious carbohydrate sources, which are just as important for sustained muscle recovery! Add some flavor to your workout recovery by choosing post-workout snacks and smoothies that give you a protein source that tastes great and keeps you on track to meet your goals.

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