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Plant-Powered Post Workout Smoothie

Post-Workout Protein Smoothie

Shortly after working out, it’s an excellent time to replenish your body with nutrient-rich foods and help it recover. A protein-packed post-workout smoothie is a great way to do it— especially one that’s lower in sugar and high in fiber, thanks to the 2 cups of fresh leafy greens

I’ve gotten many requests over the last few years regarding protein powders. Many of you have written to us or commented about which one(s) I could recommend. Up until now, there hasn’t been a protein powder that we could really get behind. It had to meet our strict criteria of being 100% natural, full of plant-based protein, and NOT taste horrible. If you’re familiar with protein powders, you know taste can be a real deal breaker!

Post-Workout Smoothie: Cherry Pineapple | Simple Green Smoothies

 

Why protein powder? Why plant-based?

Well, we know it’s important to get enough protein, especially if you’re eating a predominantly plant-based diet. Usually with a well-balanced diet you should be getting plenty of protein, even if you are plant-based. Chances are though, if you’re working out and lifting weights, your body may require extra protein. That’s where a high quality protein powder comes in handy.

Plant-based protein powders are easier to digest than highly processed whey-based powders (which also contain loads of additives and sugar), mix better with water, and have little to no taste unlike their whey counterparts. Plus with plant-based protein powders, there is the added bonus of the other nutrients like healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

I like The Natural Citizen because it contains four ingredients ONLY. Nothing else. This nutty protein allows the fruit in the smoothie to shine through a flavor it naturally.

Post-Workout Green Smoothie made with tart cherry juice for recovery

This Post-Workout Smoothie is created to be as well-balanced for muscle recovery as possible, and tasty. Always important! This smoothie includes spinach (contains iron and calcium; can help with building muscle), tart cherry juice and pineapple (antioxidants help with recovery and preventing inflammation), and orange (vitamin C and potassium) – some of favorite post-workout foods, and of course, The Natural Citizen Organic Protein Powder. Powerhouse recovery smoothie!

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Post-Workout Protein Smoothie

Plant-Based Protein Workout Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

After a heavy-duty workout, your body needs its energy stores replenished. This post workout smoothie is hydrating, full of organic, plant-based protein, and nutrients to help your muscles recover.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup 100% tart cherry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 navel orange (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • 1 serving protein powder

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach, tart cherry juice, and water until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.

Notes

Note: To make smoothie colder, serve over ice. You can also swap the protein powder for 4 tablespoons hemp hearts for a different protein boost.

Keywords: Workout smoothie

Tags: , ,    /   Categories: Recipes, Smoothies 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 11.23.2016 | COMMENTS: 6

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  1. Jen Hansard says:

    With my new protein powder coming out, this smoothie will be even better! I love the oranges and tart cherries for muscle recovery.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love this one, also, after a hard workout. Can’t wait to try it with your protein powder! 🙂

  2. Lillie Harris says:

    I used Ocean Spray Diet Cherry juice. tastes great.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lillie,

      YAY!! We’re so happy you loved this recipe. We’re all about using liquid bases you love, we simply suggest taking a quick peek at the ingredients. We’re all about using simple ingredients with limited processing + no added sugar.

  3. Lloyd says:

    When you cite 100% tart cherry juice, do you mean concentrated juice, or just regular juice?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lloyd,

      Simply ensure that the juice is 100% cherry, with no added sugar or yucky additives.

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