This delicious vegan recovery smoothie for athletes tastes as good as it looks. And, it’s filled with protein, vitamins, amino acids, and omegas that you’ll need to recover from a hard workout.
What’s the first thing you should consume after a rigorous workout? Anyone, anyone?
PROTEIN!!! But you already knew that, right?
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do after a long run or an hour of interval training or weight lifting is eat food. That’s why I like to drink my protein.
Some people like to mix up pre-made recovery drinks, many of them full of chemicals (icky), after they work out. My husband drinks some chocolate recovery drink that literally makes me feel ill because it smells so sweet; it certainly doesn’t smell like anything natural. I do have a vegan protein powder in my cabinet that I add to my smoothies a few times a week, but for some reason, I just can’t handle drinking it after a strenuous workout. That’s why I make this vegan recovery smoothie for athletes.
It’s beautiful, it’s light, it’s filled with protein, potassium (your muscles will thank you), omegas, and important amino acids and vitamins. In other words, this smoothie has the things that your body needs to recover from getting the crap kicked out of it for an hour or more.
But does it taste good? Yes! Yes! Yes! This vegan recovery smoothie for athletes tastes like a rich and creamy dessert, but it’s not heavy or filling. It’s actually light, easy to swallow, and easy to digest, which is exactly what you want after a hard work out.
So……what’s in it? I know you’ve been wondering this since the first sentence, and I’m finally going to tell you.
Start with one cup of almond milk. If you want the purest form of almond milk then make your own, otherwise buy an unsweetened version. Almond milk is a great source of vitamin D and it has some protein in it.
However, the real source of protein in this smoothie comes from peanut butter. 1 tablespoon (16 grams) gives you approximately ten percent of your daily intake of protein. That may not sound like a lot, but remember, this is a recovery drink, and you should be consuming protein in the foods that you eat throughout the day. When you look at it that way, ten percent in a recovery drink is substantial. At least I think so. However, I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist; if you are, and you think I’m wrong, I welcome your input.
After working out, your muscles need potassium. That’s the stuff that helps prevent cramping, and if you’ve ever had a Charlie horse, you will want to eat some potassium. Am I right? One banana has 422 mg of potassium, or twelve percent of your daily allowance to be exact. It also provides your body with vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and fiber, as well as two percent protein. See, between the peanut butter and the banana you’ve already consumed twelve percent of your daily allowance of protein!
Hemp seeds, they’re magical. Seriously, they are kind of like the perfect food, and there are two tablespoons of them in this smoothie. What does that mean for you and your body? It means that you’re getting eleven grams of protein, or twenty-two percent of your daily allowance! It also means that you’re getting sixteen percent of your daily allowance of iron! And, you’re getting important amino acids and omegas. Take a look at this and this to learn more about these amazing little seeds.
The final ingredient in my vegan recovery smoothie for athletes is pineapple. This sweet, amazing fruit has so many health benefits. It’s crowded with vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and potassium (yay! No cramping please). Did you know that it too has protein? It does, who knew? It’s also the natural sweetener for this smoothie, and it makes it taste so delicious.
Don’t you want to get your workout gear on and get out there and run, lift weights (go heavy for crying out loud), bike, swim, or maybe do all of the above? I certainly do! Because I know that not only will my body look and feel all the better for sweating it out, but I’ll also get to drink my healthy vegan recovery smoothie for athletes after I finish.
See ya later y’all, I’m off to push my body to do amazing things. Yee-haaaa!!!!