Smoothies are colorful, great for on-the-go, and a post-workout staple. However, they can be 1) expensive 2) carb/ sugar heavy, and 3) not all that filling. Making your own smoothie solves all these problems because not only are you aware of what you’re consuming, but it’s infinitely customizable.
Personally, I find it hard to eat a big meal after working out because most of the food I usually crave in the morning (protein pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, etc) is all heated food. Typically, after working out, you want to cool down, but still eat quickly. Eating just fruit simply won’t cut it, so finding a balance between your carbs, proteins, and fats is important.
Here’s a protein-filled smoothie to cool you off this summer that fills all your needs.
Summertime Protein Smoothie | Yields 1
12 oz skim milk, unsweetened coconut milk, or any milk of your choice
1.5 scoops vanilla or strawberry flavored protein powder
1 medium-sized banana, fully ripe
1 c of frozen strawberries
1.5 c of spinach
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
Throw all the ingredients in a blender and mix. Serve immediately and enjoy!
*inspired by menshealth.com!
*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!