A happy ending to your workout session is impossible without a delicious smoothie. It is said that the post workout meal is an important component of your routine as this Is the time your body absorbs nutrients well. So instead of quenching your thirst with a bottle of water, why not try to add some lovely flavors and nutrients to your diet. Here are few post-workout smoothie recipes that will restore energy and help build muscles.
1. Cranberry and Beetroot Smoothie
Keeping the vodka out of cranberry juice could be a great way to enjoy it too. Crush some cranberries, celery, cucumber, and beetroot and add to it a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and honey. Enjoy a gorgeous looking smoothie that is flavourful. The beetroot will enhance your stamina and build endurance whereas the celery delivers the necessary vitamin and minerals required.
2. Strawberry, Banana and spinach smoothie
This is a delicious vegan smoothie recipe you will love. Spinach provides the vitamins required for your body whereas banana delivers the energy. Add 2 cups of spinach, ½ cup strawberries, ½ spoon almond butter, 1/5 soft tofu, 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk/ almond milk and ½ cup coconut water along with 2 bananas and spin them together to relish a lovely smoothie.
3. Papaya Ginger Smoothie
If your workouts have strength training as your core focus then this would be the perfect smoothie recipe for you. Your diet should contain enough protein that will aid in muscle repair and hence the recipe contains Greek-yogurt. Papaya and ginger also have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent oxidation. In a blender add Greek yogurt (preferably plain), lemon juice, papaya, mint, ginger, and agave nectar and blend them together.
4. Orange smoothie
The magic about orange-colored fruits and vegetables is in the presence of carotenoids that especially benefit in cell repair after a workout session. Including coconut water will help restore the electrolytes lost during a workout and balancing it. Blend together Spinach, 1 cup mango, ½ carrot, ½ cup coconut water, ½ cup of orange juice, and some plain yogurt and enjoy a sexy orange drink.
5. Berry and melon hydrating smoothie
The most important part after a workout is hydration. Your body can only function well if you hydrate appropriately immediately after a workout. This smooth and refreshing mix of melon and berries will entice you with amazing flavors which is the best way to hydrate. Add 1 cup of watermelon with strawberries, cranberries, cucumber, lime juice, coconut water and some orange juice and blend them together for a tall glass of refreshing drink.
6. Fig Honey Yogurt Smoothie
If you miss enjoying a tasty dessert then this will be the perfect choice for you. The smoothie is an extraordinary blend of flavors and a unique combination of fig and yogurt. It is a rich source of protein and has low-calorie content which is probably the dream smoothie recipe. Blend together banana, yogurt, almond milk, and some ice along with figs till a smooth consistency is achieved. To this add some honey, date, cinnamon, lemon juice and blend again. The aroma of the smoothie will draw you to it and it is an appetizing drink you should definitely try.
You can add unflavoured protein powders to recipes if you wish to enhance their nutrient content and enjoy a delightful drink after an intense workout session.
By Varshnee Raj