Sometimes our lives can get a little hectic, especially when we squeeze in that morning or mid day workout then run off to work, or when we get home late at night after an evening workout and can’t be bothered to make dinner.
Enter the trusty smoothie.
Here’s a delicious recipe I created that is jam packed with antioxidants, helps to support digestion, as well as accelerate muscle recovery and gain. Tastes like chocolate and is good for my body? I’m all for it. 😉 Make it ahead and take it with you to consume after your workout.
What makes this a great smoothie for post workout?
Beets help to fight inflammation and are a great source of pre-biotics, which are specialized plant fibres that help feed the good bacteria already living in our gut.
Bananas are a great source of starchy carbs that help restore your body’s levels of glycogen in order to rebuild damaged muscles. Plus they are full of potassium, an electrolyte that helps prevent muscle cramps.
Raw cacao* Not to be confused with cocoa, which is heavily processed and contains little to no nutritional value. Raw cacao helps you recover faster because it lowers the oxidative stress of strenuous activities because of the high levels of magnesium, chromium, B vitamins and antioxidants. I like using this brand.
Protein powder is a convenient way to help rebuild muscle. I enjoy using Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Proteins+ which is easy to digest and good for the gut. Steer clear of brands that have soy or artificial colours, flavours, or sweeteners.
L-Glutamine is the most common amino acid produced in your body that helps to assist in muscle growth and repair. It also helps to strengthen the gut lining to improve nutrient absorption. I highly recommend this supplement to any one that has digestive issues!
You got to try this smoothie! Make sure to tag me on Instagram when you do!
*If you are sensitive to caffeine, I recommend omitting the cacao if you are consuming this after 3pm as cacao can be a mild stimulant that may impair your sleep.
1 cup water
1 small beet
1 small banana
1 tb raw cacao powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp l-glutamine powder
4 ice cubes
For more portable or easy to make snack ideas, be sure to check out this blog post, and learn what you should be eating post workout here. In need of some health coaching? Check out my services and book a free call to chat about your goals.