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!
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.
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!Print
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
- Blend spinach, tart cherry juice, and water until smooth.
- 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
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 11.23.2016 | COMMENTS: 6