[Guest post by J Bondurant]
Protein after a workout promotes muscle recovery. Whether I workout first thing in the morning, mid-day or in the evening, I almost always have a green protein smoothie after my workout. It fills me up just enough, and I sneak in lots of greens.
Recipe for protein smoothie
• 1 banana, frozen
• 2 cubes greens
• unsweetened vanilla almond milk (use enough for desired consistency)
• 1 scoop of [chocolate] protein (16 g)
Since I am a texture person, I prefer the greens and banana frozen so that my smoothie is like a milkshake. The bananas are easy – I simply freeze them individually in sandwich bags. Greens certainly can be bought frozen from the store; however, I like to use fresh greens that I puree and freeze myself. Not only is it more economical that way, but also the greens are much smoother in your drink. I buy 2 large bags of a kale/spinach combination at Costco, puree it in the food processor (add a little water), freeze the puree in ice cube trays, and then store the cubes in a freezer bag for several weeks at a time.
Perhaps the biggest key to a great smoothie though is the right tool. I absolutely love my Nutribullet 900. In the medium size cup, I add the banana and greens first, fill to the line with almond milk, and then add the scoop of protein. It comes out perfect every time.
Eat your greens photo credit to www.carolinejordanfitness.com