Post Workout Smoothies for Any Exercise

Vitamin-C SmoothieWorking out, is well, hard work. Being mindful of how you refuel your body post-workout is a great way to keep you looking good, feeling healthy, and projecting confidence. A simple way to get the nutrients, vitamins, and proteins that you need to replenish your body is through a smoothie. Compiled here are a few drinks that are a nutritious way to fulfill your hunger pangs and get you prepped for the next workout. Whether you are into low impact exercise or are doing high intensity training, there is something here to meet everyone’s nutritional needs.

1. Low Impact Exercises: Yoga, Pilates, or Barre
As we all know, it is critical to hydrate, especially after doing exercises like yoga or Pilates where there is hot and flowing movement. To keep that lithe, toned ballerina-style body opt for this smoothie which is low in fat. The blueberries are high in antioxidants, including vitamin C, which work to counterbalance the production of free radicals in your cells post-workout, while the protein in the nut butter helps restore and support lean muscles. The vitamins and mineral in the greens promote glowing skin.

Blend together until completely smooth:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 fresh or frozen blueberries
a handful fresh spinach
1 TBL coconut oil
1 TBL almond butter

2. Cardio Exercises: Cycling, Running, Hiking, or Dance
Cardio builds up a sweat. Refuel your body with a fresh, citrus based smoothie that is packed with C-Vitamins. Vitamin-C aid in reducing muscle soreness as well as supporting your immune system. The hint of refreshing mint helps you cool down from the inside-out!

Blend together until completely smooth:
1 cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
½ cup fresh or frozen mangos
the juice from 1 orange
1 tsp raw honey
2 mint leaves

3. Strength and Conditioning Exercises: Weight Lifting, Core, or Rehabilitation
When you are so intently focused on hitting goals, remembering to refuel the right way is imperative. In this sweet, chocolate smoothie the rich prunes and creamy avocado deliver plenty of antioxidants, while the almond butter supplies much needed protein.

Blend together until completely smooth:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ ripe avocado
2 prunes
2 TBL raw cacao
1 TBL almond butter
2 tsp honey

4. High-Intensity Exercises: Rowing, Swimming, or Conditioning Training
A little ginger goes a long way when you are feeling a bit sore from your workout. It is a natural pain reliever and helps reduce irritable inflammation after an intense workout. The superfood, kale, benefits your respiratory system, while whey is a fast-assimilation protein that is ideal for muscle building.

Blend together until completely smooth:
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
½ cup fresh kale
¼ cup blueberries
1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and chopped
1 TBL whey protein
½ tsp. ground cinnamon