We’ve gathered up 6 delicious post-workout protein shake recipes that you can easily throw them together at home. These recipes require six ingredients or less and can be blended in a matter of minutes. Always keep in mind that in order to recover after working out, you have to replenish your body with proper fuel. This means consuming enough healthy fats, carbs, protein to rebuild your muscle fibers and replenish your glycogen stores.
These recipes are great alternatives to your everyday protein-powder-and-water shake. Added ingredients bring additional nutritional benefits to complement the protein in these smoothies. Try these recipes as is, or use them as inspiration to swap ingredients in and out according to what’s in your kitchen. Reset, repair, and recover -- in good taste.
1. Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
Tart cherry juice is a known recovery tool used by elite athletes, attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties that cherries offer. With that in mind, there is no reason why we shouldn’t all be using cherries as a go-to ingredient in our post-workout protein smoothies! This smoothie recipe by Zesty Olive is chock-full of cherries and is sweetened naturally with honey -- another one of our favorite anti-inflammatory agents.
2. Post Workout Protein Green Smoothie
This six-ingredient supergreen smoothie by Freshly Zested is boosted with protein powder, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. The electrolytes from coconut water make it a viable source of replenishment from a heavy sweat session!
3. Blackberry Coconut Protein Shake
Coconut milk is always an excellent additive to recovery smoothies. The healthy fats provided by the coconut milk in this recipe by Jennifer Meyering are complemented by the fuel-replenishing carbs from banana and blackberries, and the protein from your favorite protein powder.
4. Healthy Strawberry Chia Seed Protein Shake
A super simple protein-packed smoothie by Ambitious Kitchen you can whip up next time you are craving a strawberry milkshake. If you aren’t adding chia seeds into your diet yet, now is a great time to start. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy dose of protein and fiber, and are super easy to throw into your everyday smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.
5. Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie
Reset, repair, recover, and refresh this spring with a protein boosted peaches ‘n cream smoothie. This super simple low-calorie protein smoothie recipe by The Seasoned Mom is made with five ingredients, and is reminiscent of summertime peach pies cooling on the windowsill.
6. Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Dragon fruit (also known as “pitaya”) has recently taken the health industry by storm -- and with good reason. This low-calorie superfood contains an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals, and is namely an excellent source of iron and magnesium. This recipe by Savvy Mama Lifestyle combines dragon fruit, mango, and pineapple, and is a great way to reboot after a workout, or to kickstart a day at full speed.