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AVOCADO WEEK | Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie

March 23, 2016

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.

Crushed it in the gym? 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.

Crushed it in the gym? 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.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:

Pineapplea fantastic source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation in the body. 

Bananaalso a great source of potassium, but more importantly feeds your muscles with the carbs and sugar it needs to recover.

Coconut Waternature’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.

Turmericenhances 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.

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Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 an avocado from Mexico
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (frozen works too)
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 34 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

*Feel free to add a scoop of protein for added nutrition. I like Vega Sport Performance in vanilla.

Crushed it in the gym? 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.

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.



avos_logoDisclaimer: 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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  • Reply
    Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    March 23, 2016 at 7:19 am

    This looks like the perfect combination of flavors, can’t wait to give it a try!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mark Forge
    March 23, 2016 at 7:55 am

    The shake is lacking in something very important in muscle recovery and growth – protein. I know you mentioned protein powder, but I try to stay from all of that, because I honestly believe it overpriced c*ap. What I want to know is will these ingredients go well with something like Greek yogurt? Have you tried adding doing that?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

      I don’t eat dairy but I’m sure greek yogurt would work just fine. You can also add in some nuts or seeds for added protein or a plant-based source like chickpeas.

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    Sam @ Barrister's Beet
    March 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Awesome combo, can’t wait to try! I have a ton of sliced organic pineapple sitting in my fridge right now since they were on sale at Whole Foods this weekend. Smart move to use turmeric, too. I usually put it in my scrambled eggs – so good!

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    Rose
    March 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Yummy smoothie! I’m a national level figure competitor and I hate to break it to you…”while your post-workout feeding should be rich protein and carbohydrate, this meal should be fat free. The consumption of essential fats is one of the most overlooked areas of daily nutritional intake but during the post workout period, eating fat can actually decrease the effectiveness of your post-workout beverage. Since fat slows down transit through the stomach, eating fat during the post workout period may slow the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and proteins”.
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/berardi4.htm
    Cheers!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      I think it depends on what your goals are. We’re not figure competitors trying to maximize muscle and minimize fat. We’re just trying to fuel our bodies with a good balance of carbs, protein and fat. Thanks for your feedback!

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    Jill @ RunEatSnap
    March 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love smoothies! Definitely need that added protein though to make it a good post-workout recovery option!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      For sure! It’s always a great option and I usually find myself adding it most of the time too 🙂

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    Cassie
    March 23, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Avocados in a smoothie seem really interesting to me! I’m always curious as to how it tastes with the fruits and as chilled!

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    Christina
    March 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve never used avocado in a smoothie!! Wuttt. It looks super creamy so I’ve gotta try it. Yum!

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    Samantha
    March 23, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Yum! Def have to try this.

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    ACKTIVE LIFE
    March 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

    After a workout I am all about that protein and nut butter! 🙂 It has been a while since I have added an avocado to a smoothie…I typically save my avocado love for toast…HA! Because avocado and toast is just DELISH! XOXO

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    March 28, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Looks delicious and sooo creamy!

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    Ian @ Top Workout Routines
    April 2, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I Love Avocados, we’ve been working through avocado toast (sometimes with eggs) in the AM and love how it gets us through the morning, this looks like an awesome new addition to our morning routines. Curious to the recipe, Why from Mexico?

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