Here’s a smoothie that is both satisfying and nourishing after a sweaty workout. Generally smoothies and juices make up a big chunk of my lifestyle. I adore them for the variety of flavours and of course the ability to pack so many vitamins, minerals and goodness in 1 glass. This beige looking beverage is so creamy and filling– perfect straight after a workout or to kickstart your day as a breakfast on the go. I always try to do my workouts first thing in the morning, so I drink this smoothie as a breakfast as well as a post workout drink. If your workouts are late in the evening, then you could add a little less of maca powder since it is a big energy booster and you probably don’t need that if you’re heading home and bed-bound.
All of the ingredients in this recipe work in harmony to repair your muscles with hearty proteins and nutrition after a workout, give you a boost of energy and all over well-being to take on your day 🙂
Here’s a little info about some of the ingredients:
Maca root is a new AMAZING discovery I made whilst traveling through Peru where it has been praised and used for a long time. Commonly consumed in powder form, maca is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well as many other minerals and nutrients such as zinc, iron and magnesium. The Peruvians explained how they truly believe that the maca root is a natural aphrodisiac and boosts libido along with increased endurance (they went into so much detail…TMI haha!) But really, the reason why I put this delicious root in my smoothies and shakes is down to the energy and mood enhancing attributes. It is said that maca balances the blood sugar levels and gives that boost of energy that we all often need when stuck in a lethargic state. The list can go on what with how it aids bodily functions, so definitely get some maca in your life boys and girls!
Raw cacao in its unprocessed form has a whopping amount of antioxidants that are known to help fight free radicals. It also holds the highest amount of plant-based iron and has more calcium than cow’s milk! And for a healthy heart and good brain function, the magnesium count in cacao is magical. On a final note about this versatile plant, you guys should definitely look into the fact that raw cacao can naturally alleviate depression and boost your mood. These 4 neurotransmitters; seratonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine are found in cacao and have positively been linked to that feel good factor that we all sometimes long for. A super (and legal) way to get a happy, euphoric feeling 🙂
Milled flaxseed is quite popular by now, primarily due to its high fibre count and large amount of omega-3. The fibre in this superfood is soluble and aids in keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels balanced. Fibre plays a crucial role in digestive health by nourishing the good bacteria in our bodies, resulting in regular bowel movement. A super plant-based food that is a brilliant source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
1 frozen banana*
1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon milled flaxseed
1 teaspoon macca powder
1 teaspoon raw cacao
A couple roasted almonds (5-8)
oat milk (or any other dairy-free alternative)
*Tip: Prepare bananas for smoothies by chopping them up and placing in a ziplock bag, flatten all the pieces and place in the freezer. Since the bananas are pre-cut, they’ll be easier to blend than a whole frozen banana that might give your blender a hard time. Putting a frozen banana in your smoothie will add tons of creaminess!
How to make the post workout smoothie:
1. In a powerful blender (I use a NutriBullet for my smoothies and juices) place the frozen banana, almonds, oats, milled flaxseed, maca powder, raw cacao powder and cover in your choice of dairy-free milk. Don’t put too much milk at the start, maybe about 200ml.
2. Now dollop the peanut butter in and blend. I add the peanut butter at the end because it’s super sticky and easier when chucked into the milk…so it sort of floats instead of stick to the side of my blender cup. If it’s too thick after blending, just add more till you reach your desired consistency