Maybe you had a brutal WOD, challenged yourself with hot sculpt yoga, beat your personal running time, or transformed into a ballerina in barre class? What’s the next step? Recovery!
An important part of any fitness regime is refueling your body properly after a workout. With the right foods, your muscles will recover faster and your body will replenish itself… And this post-workout recovery smoothie is a perfect example of the right combo of recovery foods – serving up a healthy dose of protein, good carbs, and electrolytes.
The coconut water used as the liquid base in this smoothie helps hydrate and restore electrolytes levels lost through sweating, while the tart cherries pack the flavor and deliver high amounts of antioxidants – aiding against inflammation and alleviating soreness. Bananas provide the ‘good’ carbohydrates needed re-energize your body and replenish your potassium levels to help minimize muscle fatigue, and also add a wonderful creaminess to the smoothie. Lastly, the addition of hemp seeds provide fiber, protein, and omega 3’s to keep you fuller for longer, and, coupled with the use of a plant-based protein (we like Project Juice's Superfood Vanilla Blend) repairs and rebuilds your muscles after vigorous activity.
For an extra boost to your smoothie, add a bit of fresh ground ginger or turmeric. These are very potent roots that have anti-inflammatory properties to ease muscle aches and speed recovery!
Arielle Mandelberg is a self-proclaimed health foodie, travel junkie, animal lover, smoothie-bowl aficionado, pilates enthusiast, and working actress. Follow her day to day adventures on her Instagram @ArielleLikesToCook.