Do you love to exercise? My 5 Minute Vegan Post Workout Smoothie is the perfect way to refuel after yoga, a run or the gym.
I've been getting really into running recently. Having previously always hated it, this has been a revelation to me. I'm not sure what changed: maybe it was me, or maybe it was my surroundings.
One thing's for certain however: I woke up one morning a few months ago and just wanted to run. It was an inexplicable urge.
I had no idea where to start or how to do it properly, I just knew I wanted to do it. Straight away I researched running techniques and best practises on Runner's World, downloaded an exercise timer app and off I went.
The one thing it took me some time to get to grips with however was how to refuel post-exercise. I learned pretty quickly that I need to eat about 20 minutes after a run in order to avoid the dreaded energy slump later in the day, but didn't know what.
After yet more googling I discovered that smoothies are the perfect post-run fuel, so set about creating my own.
This 5 Minute Post Workout Smoothie is the result, and I'm really pleased with it. I make it every time I run and it really helps energize me to power through the day. Hopefully you'll find it useful too!
5 MINUTE POST WORKOUT SMOOTHIE - INGREDIENTS
I LOVE the combination of ingredients in this smoothie. Altogether they make a really creamy, satisfying and deliciously sweet drink. There's:
Banana - to provide quick energy and sweetness
Seeds and nuts - to provide good quality fats
Shredded coconut - to replenish electrolytes, as well as provide minerals and dietary fibre.
Good quality protein powder - to sustain energy levels and improve recovery (I like Omega Nutrition's Pumpkin Protein as it's so simple)
Feel free to add your own favourite ingredients to this 5 Minute Post Workout Smoothie recipe. Some that work really well are:
Go ahead and make it your own, and feel free to leave a comment telling me what combinations you've tried!
5 Minute Post Workout Smoothie (vegan & gluten-free)
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (I like pumpkin or brown rice)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1¼ cups water or your favourite plant milk
- 2 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
- ¼ cup unsweetened natural coconut yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon raw vanilla powder or essence
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blitz on high power for 30 seconds.
- Pour into a glass and drink immediately!
VARIATIONSFeel free to add your own favourite ingredients to this 5 Minute Post Workout Smoothie recipe. Some that work really well are: Berries Spinach Avocado Oats
If you’ve tried this recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!