Post Workout Smoothies

Smoothies Part 2 –Post Workout Smoothies

 Fuel your body after ysmoothieour tough workout at Cherry Blossom Studio with a post workout smoothie. Feed your muscles with the proper nutrition your body needs after your aerial dance and fitness classes.

I am pretty sure that I look like Popeye meaning that my forearms feel like they are sausages stuffed into a casing that is too tight. Enter the peanut butter and banana chocolate smoothie…

 By now you should be somewhat familiar with my smoothie obsession if you read the last blog about the green monster! This time I wanted to talk about post-workout smoothies. Because time is a factor and we cant ignore proper nutrition especially after a tough muscle-building workout. This is another recipe that you can make in a double batch and leave in the fridge for a day or two for a grab-and-go post-workout fix. The concept of this smoothie comes from research on the benefits of chocolate milk as a post workout drink. Compared to plain milk, chocolate milk has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. At this point you are probably thinking, “why don’t I just have a chocolate milk?” I mean, you could… but this is more fun and it has more nutrients! Especially for anyone suffering from muscle cramping because it has bananas in it. Give it a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Funky Monkey Smoothie

1-cup dark chocolate almond milk (or regular chocolate milk if you prefer)

1 large banana (frozen or un-frozen)

2 large tablespoons of peanut or almond butter

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of choice (optional)

¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

 * Feel free to throw in a cup of spinach if you feel you need the greens! I know I do, and I promise you won’t even know it’s there.

A fruitier post workout smoothie variation…

smoothiePaypaya Ginger Smoothie

1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder

1  cups papaya, chilled and cut into chunks

1 cup ice
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Leaves from one sprig of mint