This protein-powered recovery smoothie is just what you need to bounce back from a hard workout.
Sticking with your New Year’s resolution? Getting back in shape for summer? If you’re working up a sweat, then we’ve got the perfect post-workout shake to keep you going strong.
This quick and easy banana blueberry smoothie uses a few ingredients you probably already have on hand, but, when combined together, deliver a broad nutritional profile to help you quickly recover and get ready for the next day’s workout.
Bananas contain simple carbohydrates that rapidly replenish muscle glycogen and provide fast, accessible energy. They’re also a good source of potassium, an essential mineral that is lost through sweat. Adding rolled oats introduces complex carbs that stick around for longer and serve to thicken the shake’s consistency. Blueberries contain tons of antioxidants while giving the smoothie a bright, summery flavor.
However, the real muscle recovery comes from protein, which this shake supplies in three ways: Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and vanilla protein powder (we used pea protein powder). These different protein sources help you repair and build muscle.
So if you want to mix up your post-workout routine and give yourself a little extra motivator to get through your session, then give this Banana Blueberry recovery smoothie a try!
Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie
¼ – ½ cup water
½ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup rolled oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Add ingredients to a blender in the following order: water, Greek yogurt, rolled oats, protein powder, hemp hearts, banana, blueberries. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!