I’m not always great about consuming protein post-workout, but it’s something I’m trying to get better about. When I’m even remotely consistent with this practice (My trainer has always said to consume within an hour – either before or after), I always notice positive changes in my body and muscle tone relatively quickly. I think one reason I don’t love doing it is because I don’t always love the thicker texture when protein is added. I’ve been experimenting a little bit lately and I found a recipe that I really really like, so I thought I would share. As DJ Kahled would say – the coconut and mint are KEY. Drink this protein smoothie and #blessup THEY DONT WANT YOU TO HAVE AMAZING MUSCLE TONE, but we gonna. (Use all organic ingredients if possible.)
- 1 – 1.5 cups water
- 1 scoop of Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein (I’ve been using the smooth energy flavor which is sort of like a vanilla)
- 2 large handfuls of kale
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 handful of mint leaves
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1 cup of frozen fruit of your choice – I use an organic tropical fruit blend from trader joes
Make sure to blend this really well. I usually layer my dry/powdered ingredients (coconut, protein, chia seeds, hemp seeds at the bottom, then add my greens. I pour the water over that and blend for a while to make sure it’s really smooth. Add more water if necessary and then add the frozen fruit. This ensures that your smoothie is really smooth. The mint and coconut add something really special to this smoothie – usually it takes me forever to finish one, but I have no problem getting this smoothie down.
Why do I use these ingredients? The only protein I will consume is Garden of Life – all of these powders are so pure. Organic, vegan, gluten free, non GMO, added probiotics, enzymes, very little sugar or carbs… the list goes on. I’m obsessed with this company – they do it right and don’t skimp on any of the good stuff.
I add chia seeds for tons of added nutrition – fiber, protein, zinc, omega-3, antioxidants, etc.
Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes.
Coconut is great for replenishing electrolytes – byeeee sugary, acidic gatorade.
Kale – Obvious white girl ingredient. But get those greens in, so good for you!
I often stock up on ingredients in bulk using Amazon Prime, that way I’ve always got everything I need. (Plus I HATE going to the grocery store.)