17 Delicious Protein Packed Post Workout Smoothies

Post workout smoothies aren’t just a quick way to refuel, they help to repair muscle damage and promote muscle growth when you include a good dose of protein.

It turns out the data is increasingly showing that women need to refuel within 30 minutes of a long run or hard workout if they want to get the maximum benefits of muscle building (or not losing it from running) and keeping that metabolism fired up.

What’s the best smoothie to have after a workout?

I love a green smoothie because it includes a bunch of nutrients to help the body recover, but also will keep you from getting overly hungry later in the day. But it’s not just about the carbohydrates, you need protein as well.

30 grams of protein is often the recommended amount, but if you’ll be having an actual meal within an hour or so you can do less.

A few other post workout smoothie benefits:

  • Easy, fast
  • Quickest absorption of nutrients for the body
  • No digestion needed {important after hard workouts}
  • Uses up all my leftovers
  • Yummmy {technical term}

17 Post Workout Smoothie Ideas

What is the best post workout smoothie? The one you have on hand, will drink and it’s crazy high in sugar.

I have issues paying for things I can make at home…like smoothies. BUT I know that sometimes we all need to break out of the same ol’ same ol’ rut.

Here are some of the many different options I use for my green (and sometimes other color) smoothies. There are ideas here for the new to green smoothies and the long time drinkers that need something new!

How to add protein to a smoothie?

Avocado Bliss
Super great for skin and getting digestion flowing!
Silk, avocado, spinach, mango, lime, Vanilla protein powder.

Beet It
Detox and cut inflation
Beets, cucumber, green apple, spinach, carrot, ginger, Vanilla protein powder

Knocking off the expensive WF version at home is easy and with more options
Green apple, spinach, 1/2 banana, kale, cucumber, celery

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Mochaccino Dream
Have a full day requiring lots of energy post run?
1 cup unsweetened organic Silk Soymilk, Vega Mocha Protein Powder, spinach

Purple Power Smoothie
Give your digestion a boost and feed those muscles a variety of nutrients.
1 cup unsweetened organic Silk Soymilk, 1/2 banana, 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup red cabbage, vanilla stevia

Cranberry Orange Smooth Moves
Vitamin C to boost the immune system!
1 small orange, 2-3 baby carrots, 1/4 cup cranberries, lemon juice, 1 cup Silk cashew milk

Tropical Refresher
Summer is coming and this one replenishes the electrolytes and feels like a treat after a hot run
1/2 frozen banana, pineapple, coconut water, spinach, kale, hemp seedsturmeric smoothie

Hunger Fighter
Usually a day or two post run I have the HUNGER. This helps!
Grapefruit, lemon, carrots, ginger, pumpkin seeds, Vanilla protein powder

Almond Butter Dream
Really…do I need to say anything more?? Ok this is an extra tasty protein packed recovery drink
1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup unsweetened Silk soymilk, 1/4 cup Love Grown Oats {gluten free so I like them best}, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 avocado, ice cubes, Vega Chocolate Protein

Tumeric Colada
Fight inflammation, build immunity and make a body happy.
Tumeric, ginger, frozen banana, pineapple, baby carrots, 1 cup unsweetened organic Silk soymilk, 1/4 avocado – optional, but I still usually add kale and a little stevia

Berry Bliss
The power of berries is undeniable and hey with summer they are so cheap!
1 cup frozen berries, 1/2 orange, 1/2 frozen banana, 3/4 cup unsweetened Vanilla Silk Almond milk, 1 cup kale, 1 cup water, Vanilla protein powder

Summer Bright
Taking advantage of the bounty of fresh summer fruits to replenish glycogen after a marathon long run training session.
peach, raspberry, pear, spinach, kale, unsweetened vanilla Silk almond milk, ice cubes, protein powder

Post Workout Smoothie

Not interested in making your own or just like to have something on head for days you’re extra busy?

I’ve been using Daily Harvest for awhile and am pretty stoked about the ingredients. The cup stays in the freezer, then I pull it out after a trip, add water and protein…DONE!!! No freakout to head to the store and I know I’ve got an option that’s all whole food ingredients.

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Looking for more ideas post workout smoothies?

And because that’s not enough, you’ve gotta checkout some of my favorites from other bloggers:
Coconut Chai Protein Smoothie from FitFoodieFinds
Peanutbutter Smoothie from Vega
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie from A Whisk and Two Wands
Almond Java Chip Smoothie from Sarah K Hoffman
Skinny Pumpkin Pie smoothie from Amy’s healthy Baking (add protein powder or hemp seeds)
Cookies and Cream Smoothie
31 Fall Flavored Smoothies
Ultimate Green Smoothie Guide

How often do you drink a smoothie?

What’s your favorite way to get in healthy post workout nutrition?

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