Got in a tough workout? Help your body recover with this Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie. Full of anti-inflammatory and vitamin-packed ingredients, this smoothie will help prevent soreness and rebuild your muscles.
Over the years and as evidenced by this post, a lot has changed over the years when it comes to my thoughts around working out. In the past, I used exercise as a means to eat whatever I wanted. Oh, I burned 1000 calories in that workout class? Get me a damn ice cream cone now.
But these days, I view food as a means to fuel my workouts. Did an epic spin class? Better load up on the right foods so I don’t feel sore and achy tomorrow.
Have you ever felt yourself lagging through a workout or losing steam halfway through when last week you crushed it? Nutrition and what we eat before and after our workouts plays a huge role in how we feel during and post workouts. Making sure you fuel yourself with the right foods, not just any food really does make a difference.
Watch me and Nikky from HealthNut Nutrition share more about how this smoothie can help you recover from your next workout!
Nikky and I love to move, and we also genuinely love healthy, delicious food. That’s why we put our heads together to come up with this flavorful and nutrition-packed smoothie that can suit both of these passions.
…I’m not going to deny that a post-workout glass of wine was proposed as an option.
But since it’s avocado week, and not wine week (stay tuned…) we wanted to highlight how awesome avocado is for post-workout nutrition, but also how well it pairs with these other recovery-supporting foods.
Did you know that avocado has more potassium than bananas? Potassium is a major mineral in our body that is essential for so many reasons. After a tough workout, our muscles are often depleted in potassium which may lead to muscle twitching, cramps and weakness. No bueno. Avocados help support our muscles by providing them with an awesome source of potassium, allowing them to function at their post.
In addition to avos, I wanted to highlight some of the other ingredients in this smoothie:
Pineapple – a fantastic source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Banana – also a great source of potassium, but more importantly feeds your muscles with the carbs and sugar it needs to recover.
Coconut Water – nature’s gatorade! It’s high in antioxidants, which helps with cell regeneration and is also a good source of potassium (more!) and magnesium. Feel free to add a bit of sea salt as coconut water doesn’t contain much sodium.
Turmeric– enhances muscle repair and decreases swelling in muscles and joints.
Together all of these flavours create a creamy and tropical-tasting smoothie that will help you feed and rehydrate your muscles after a high-intensity workout. So next time when you’re reaching for the ice cream cone, try this smoothie! I promise your next workout will thank you.Print
Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Blend
- Diet: Vegan
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup fresh pineapple (frozen works too)
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup coconut water
- 3–4 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
*Feel free to add a scoop of protein for added nutrition. I like Vega Sport Performance in vanilla.
Make sure you check out Nikky’s blog and subscribe to her YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on her latest posts! Lots more avocado goodness coming your way this week.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico – Canada. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make THM possible and bring more delicious recipes your way!
What do you like to eat to recover from a workout? Do you ever add avocado to your smoothie?
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