If you’re into fitness, you’re familiar with the age old requirement of consuming protein within 30 minutes after your workout. Before I switched over to a vegan diet, I followed this rule religiously. I’d make a shake from whey protein and skim milk, or I’d eat a Detour bar. Now that whey and Detour bars are out of the question, I’ve had to get more creative with my post-workout meal.
This pineapple smoothie is one of my go-to shakes after a morning workout. I usually whip it up before my workout and drink half of it before I leave the house. I leave the other half in the fridge so I can drink it right away when I get home. After drinking this, I don’t have to worry too much about protein, iron, or calcium for the rest of the day. I can usually fulfill those requirements without much effort. Also, the natural sugars and carbohydrates give me enough energy to power through the morning and the afternoon. That being said, if you’re concerned about your carb intake, I recommend drinking it as I do: half before your morning workout and the other half after.
Most of the nutrients in this smoothie come from hemp protein and chia seeds. Both of these ingredients are pretty amazing. I recommend researching them to learn about their benefits. Someday I will do a post about different plant based protein powders, but today’s post is all about the smoothie recipe. Here it is:
Protein Packed Pineapple Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
3 C chopped kale, tightly packed
2 C fresh pineapple cubes
4 tbsp hemp protein powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 C nondairy milk (I used flax milk)
squeeze of fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor with a few ice cubes. Process for about 1 minute. The kale will give the smoothie a gritty texture, but it’s still delicious! If you don’t like the texture, you can always juice the kale, before combining it with the other ingredients but it will bring down the fiber content and won’t be as filling.
Hope you enjoy! What’s your favorite post-workout meal?