I’ve been making green smoothies for a few months now since it’s gotten warmer and have finally found the perfect blend of ingredients! Sure, I want to recover from my workout be it a run, spin class, or some weight training, but more importantly, post workout food needs to be delicious!!
I am not big on supplements, but Garden of Life Raw Vegan Organic protein is an exception! It is made out of sprouted grains and processed in a way that preserves essential nutrients. The original flavor contains no stevia but the others do. I find stevia upsets my stomach and gives me a headache, so “natural” or not, I personally opt to stay away from it.
Kelly Green Post-Workout Protein Smoothie (Veg, DF, GF, raw)
1/2 Cup frozen mango (70 g)
1/2 Cup frozen strawberries (70 g)
1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein (original)
1 tsp Navitas Naturals Maca root powder (optional but adds amazing flavor)
1 Cup Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 Cups fresh spinach
Dash vanilla extract
I think the order in which you add the ingredients makes a difference in ease of blending (unless you have a vitamix of course, which I don’t – if you want to buy me one send me an email and I’ll gladly give you my address). I add the spinach & fruit first, then protein & maca, and finally the milk and splash of vanilla. Blend as long as you see fit so that its smooth in your blender, bullet or any other smoothie making machine you may have! I find less than a minute is perfect to get the right consistency, somewhere between smoothie and green juice, but a little more on the smoothie side.
Since this is only about 2oo Calories, its a great post workout snack to drink up within an hour of exercise. Have a normal sized meal within 2-3 hours of your workout too.
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 23 g
Fiber: 8 g
Sugar: 11 g
Protein: 21 g
Sodium: 205 mg 9 %
Potassium: 480 mg 10%
Vitamin A: 57% Thiamin: 6 % Riboflavin: 53 %
Niacin: 5% Vitamin B6: 7 % Vitamin B12: 125%
Folate: 33 % Vitamin C: 98% Vitamin D: 125 %
Vitamin E: 77 % Calcium:52 % Iron: 15%
Zinc: 19% Copper: 35 % Magnesium: 23 %
Phosphorus: 7 % Omega 3: 0.11 g (6%)
**Vitamins & minerals are listed as % daily value; you may need more than 100% each day if you’re an athlete, have a deficiency disease, or other medical concerns