Bodybuilding experts recommend drinking a whey protein shake as soon as possible after finishing a workout. Why? Because protein is the building block of muscle. When you workout, you create tiny tears in your muscles. Protein is what helps repair your muscles, and this process is what causes your muscles to grow. Unlike solid food, protein powder digests very quickly and is able to deliver muscles the protein they need at lightning speed.
I used to simply mix my post-workout protein powder in cool water and drink it just like that, but when I moved to Virginia I bought a blender with a single-serving cup option and now I'm obsessed with making smoothies. It definitely beats having to wash the huge blender pitcher, and you don't even have to pour it into a new glass (the single-serving blender attachment doubles as a drinking cup with a lid). Anyway, enough about my blender (which happens to be the Ninja Mega Kitchen System if you're in the market for one). I wanted to share my post-workout protein routine to show you how easy and mess-free it can be to make a delicious smoothie at home.
My favorite smoothie to make is a plain ol banana one. Sometimes when I'm out and about and I order a banana smoothie somewhere I'm asked, "You mean strawberry banana?" But no... just banana. Seriously, have you tried it? Delicious. I'll admit it's even more fabulous with peanut butter but we don't need all those extra calories now do we?
The protein I normally use is Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey. (This is a safe protein powder to use while pregnant and breastfeeding assuming your baby doesn't have a milk sensitivity.) It's not the one pictured in the ingredients below, although that one is pretty good and safe to drink too... it's even made by the same company. I just prefer the Platinum kind:
The last tip I have before I share the recipe is that it's best to use a ripe banana to really get that banana flavor. No green or plain yellow bananas. Make sure there is some brown on that thing.
I N G R E D I E N T S
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 scoop of Vanilla flavored protein powder (I prefer Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey)
- 1 cup of ice
- a splash of cool water
- a pinch of Truvia (optional)
D I R E C T I O N S
1. Break of pieces of a peeled banana and place them at the bottom of the blender.
2. Add a scoop of protein powder and one cup of ice.
3. Add a little bit of water and a pinch of Truvia (optional).
...and there you have it- a super quick and mess-free delicious post-workout protein smoothie.