Your Perfect Recovery Smoothie
  • October 20, 2015
  • Recovery is an important part of every fitness routine. Rest, foam rolling and the proper nutrition can help speed it up. When you recover faster, you can hit the gym again faster.

    So what should you reach for post-workout? Experts suggest anywhere from a two-to-one to a four-to-one carb-to-protein ratio. Let’s break that down: for every gram of protein you eat, you should be consuming about two to four times as many grams of carbohydrates.

    How you consume those carbs and proteins is your personal decision, but Greatist made this list of 50 snacks that can give you the nutrition that you need.

    To me, there’s nothing more satisfying after a tough workout than a smoothie. While I’m always experimenting with new mixes, like this chocolate cherry dream, I have one standby that always gets the job done – this strawberry, banana protein-packed drink. This smoothie has the right stuff – healthy carbs and lean protein – to help me recover post-workout.

    Here’s what you need to throw into the blender to create my post-workout super-meal:

    • 1 banana
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1 cup frozen strawberries
    • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I like Jay Robb’s egg white protein)
    • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

    According to MyFitnessPal, this recovery smoothie has:

    • 374 calories
    • 58 grams of carbs
    • 5 grams of fat
    • 28 grams of protein

    If you’re keeping track at home, that’s pretty close to perfect. Happy blending!

    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.