You’ve kept your pace, held your poses and pushed till you felt the burn. Now all you need to do is give your body the nutrients it needs to refuel. We’ve previously suggested some snacks that are great (and tasty) after a workout, but if you’re pressed for time, a smoothie is the next best alternative.
Easy to make and easier to digest, smoothies are a great way to get your body going after a gruelling workout — be it an intense HIIT class or an hour-long mountain climbing session. They make it painless to replenish the protein you’d need to build muscle and carbohydrates to restore the glycogen you torched during the workout. Besides, we wouldn’t say no to any anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
For an ideal glass of smoothie, aim to achieve at least 15g of protein and a small amount of fat. The most effective way to accomplish this is by starting with a good handful of greens, followed by some fruit, a protein source and a liquid. For a bit of a kick after your workout, sprinkle some spice into the mix.
As with the post workout snacks, the best time to tip back that smoothie is within 30 to 60 minutes after exercising to restore energy losses and start repairing muscles. Here, we bring you 5 ingredients you need to supercharge that workout smoothie with.