3 Post-Workout Smoothies That Keep You Full and Energized
by Catherine Santino
Looking for something to fill you up after a stint in the gym? It's no secret that nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. That's why it's so important to choose your pre- and post-workout fuel carefully.
After a session at the gym, it's crucial that you replenish your body with the nutrients it needs to keep working efficiently. A smoothie is a great source of vitamins, protein and other essential post-workout sustenance. Better yet, smoothies that keep you full and energized can allow you to take your meals on-the-go and help you get more accomplishedthroughout the day.
Here are three easy (and delicious!) smoothies that pack a punch.
1. Berry Protein
Blend together your favorite frozen berries and some vanilla yogurt, adding some kale for an extra boost of vitamins and minerals (if this gives you pause, don't worry, you won't be able to taste it). For post-workout protein, throw in some chia and flax seeds. Not only can these ingredients keep you full all morning (or afternoon), they also provide carbohydrates, which give your body a boost of energy.
2. Morning Buzz
Smoothies that keep you full don't have to be composed of protein powder and other chalky ingredients. For instance, take this coffeehouse-inspired recipe. For those who prefer to jump-start their day with a workout, this concoction is ideal. Add frozen banana, almond butter, oats, some cold brew coffee and a splash of soy milk to your blender for a deliciously filling morning treat.
Almond butter provides protein and healthy fats that can help re-energize you and keep you going, even after a grueling morning sweat. If you have the taste for it, try adding a drizzle of agave to sweeten the deal.
3. Tropical Avo
Calling all avocado lovers — you might already enjoy your favorite green fruit at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but did you know it can enhance your smoothies, too? Avocado is a great way to thicken up your smoothies and add some texture, and is also a delicious source of healthy fats.
Try mixing avocado, frozen strawberries, frozen mango and a cup of coconut milk in your blender for a scrumptious tropical treat that you'll want to stick a tiny umbrella in. Avocado is loaded with potassium, healthy fats and fiber to help keep you fuller, longer.
Don't be afraid to experiment with these recipes; mixing and matching is half the fun of smoothie creation. As long as you're getting some protein and carbs, your post-workout smoothie will keep your energy levels up so you can avoid that 3 p.m. crash. Happy blending!