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Post-Workout Protein Smoothie

Plant-Powered Post Workout Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 11.23.2016 | COMMENTS: 8

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!

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


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.



  • 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


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


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

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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.

  4. Milagros says:

    I have a quick question on regards of the 12 days give aways. Where I can who are the winners for the past few days. Or the winners will be announced after the give away.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Hey Milagros. If you check back on each days giveaway, the winner is announced in the Giveaway box where you entered to win. It’s randomly selected each day and then we reach out to the winner personally. Good luck!

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