The Perfect Post-Workout Protein Smoothie

Post-workout is, lets face it, my favourite part of a workout. I get to lie down and I get to eat something to refuel. Winning all round.

I’ve been working hard at the gym 3-5 times a week for the past three weeks and I have to say I am really pleased with the results that I’m seeing. I’ve talked a bit about my love/hate affair with my body so I won’t go into that here but suffice to say that it’s a long, old journey. I have however, surprised myself by finding out that the snickers eating, sofa-loving girl that I thought I was has been sweated away and in her place I’ve found a healthier, dare I say it, more motivated, still slightly too plump girl. This exercise thing is actually addictive even if the doctor does think that my quads are the weakest I’ve ever seen. Yes well..moving on then…

Part of my journey (is anyone else wanting to slap me for over use of that word?!) is learning about nutrition and how to fuel my body properly, particularly post-workout. No more fad diets for me!

If Pinterest quotes are to be believed and “sweat is actually my fat crying” (who comes up with this stuff?!)  then apparently what my body needs is a healthy refuel soon after a workout to soothe those aches and pains. My gym instructor tells me that I need something with carbs and protein during the hour after a workout and apparently a cheeseburger isn’t acceptable. Boo.

I work out first thing after the morning school run, which makes it mid-morning by the time I am ready to refuel. I’m usually pretty busy running round after Sophie and so I need something quick and easy to put in my belly. Smoothie’s are pretty perfect and as the lovely people over at Simply Health sent me LifeBox of goodies, I thought I’d combine some of the ingredients to make a healthy, post-workout snack/drink thing.

So here it is;

The Perfect Post-Workout Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 serving Chocolate PhD woman natural protein
  • 1 tbsp of Ibiza Superfoods Detox Mix
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any milk you like)

Instructions

Add all ingredients to smoothie maker / blender and whizz until smooth. Add ice to serve if you like and enjoy!

Post-workout protein smoothie

 

I have to say, that had I not received one of these Life Boxes to try out, then I probably would never have heard of some of the incredible things that are available to boost your health and nutrition. I particularly love the natural protein powder – it’s chocolate flavoured (amazing), dairy, gluten and sugar free. The best part of all is it tastes sooo good. When it’s combined with the peanut butter in my smoothie recipe it is almost in the goodness realm of a snickers. Almost 😉

Lifebox have a motto:

Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly & GLOW like a superhero

I just love that quote, don’t you? It sums up everything that I am trying to achieve with my new healthier lifestyle. It’s also a really lovely image to leave you with at the end of this post.

If you try out my Perfect, Post-Workout, Protein smoothie then do let me know what you think! I’d love you to join me on my fitness overhaul.

Until next time lovelies

xxx

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

 

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  1. Susie at This Is Me Now
    September 26, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Oh sounds so good – can you get that protein powder from any high street shops do you know? I’m always after a post spinning or swimming snack that isn’t jam on toast!

  2. September 29, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Menopause has been making me glow but not quite like a superhero so perhaps I need to try one of these? Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime
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  3. September 30, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Anything that involves healthy eating without the faff of cooling veggies always gets my vote! I’ve recently started working out after having my second baby and time limitations, as well as sleep deprivation (I’m still doing two feeds a night at 5 months) is what normally knocks me off track. At least with the right nutrition, that would be a step in the right direction. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  4. October 1, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Well done on the getting away from fad diets and looking more closely at nutrition! I’ve never head of these life boxes. I need to get more savvy on the right stuff! #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. October 1, 2016 / 8:15 am

    I need to try this smoothie, I just started going to the gym for the first time 2 days ago and my whole body hurts 🙁 but after hearing that you love the result you’re seeing I will continue because I also have a love hate relationship with my body post baby.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. October 1, 2016 / 8:32 am

    Wow this sounds and looks really interesting . Keep up the good work it will all be worth it #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. October 1, 2016 / 8:35 am

    You are doing amazingly with your exercise routines. You looked fabulous at the BlogonMSI conference.. Our girls clubbed together and bought a blender thingy from Aldi and are into fruit smoothies…Its costing a small fortune…I think they are getting their 20 a day, never mind their 5 a day! Glad you are being sensible about getting into shape (even though I think you always look so photogenic in pictures and real life!) #fortheloveofblog

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  8. October 1, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Well done on the fitness regime, it looks like it’s going great. The smoothie sounds delish, I’m definitely going to try to improve my diet and cut out processed stuff. This sounds like a good place to start. #ForTheLoveOfBLOG
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  9. October 1, 2016 / 10:23 am

    This is perfect for me, I literally just finished my first proper workout in well over a year and sat down to catch up on some blogging but feel sick – hopefully it’s my fat dying!!? I’m going to make a smoothie! #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. October 1, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    This is actually a really helpful post for me, I love ideas on how to help me shift the dreaded baby weight! #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. October 1, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    This sounds worth a try. I always come back after a workout desperate for something and mashed avocado or scrambled egg is getting a bit boring. Will give this a go. Think my eldest might be interested too – he is permanently on the look out for a good protein shake. Thanks for sharing. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  12. October 1, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Sounds totally delicious! Although I’e got to say I’ve never seen the point in protein powder unless you’re a body builder. You can get protein from so many delicious sources and the smoothie will be just as yummy without it. Maybe I just never work out hard enough to need it, LOL. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  13. October 1, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Sounds like you’re really doing it all the right way. I wish I could find the motivation and willpower to do something like this! #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. October 1, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I like the sound of the smoothie but am less keen on the workout part! I have not added ginger to my own juices or smoothies before but I did try one of my chiropractor’s recently which had ginger in it and it was delicious! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  15. October 2, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I will be honest, I’m not a smoothie person – it’s all too much of a faff for me. But hey I could be convinced! Me I’m more of a runner, swimmer and may venture in to a bit of yoga.

    Three to five times down the gym wow! You must be looking pretty amazing! Hope you’re cross training to look after those quads!

  16. October 2, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I love smoothies and my nutribullet is in almost daily use but I’ve not tried the chocolate protein powder, that sounds awesome! Willing to try anything that will make me ‘glow like a superhero!’ Lovely post, good luck with the exercise routine, it’s definitely the best way to stay fit and healthy, I think. Plus you honestly look amazing! #fortheloveofblog
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  17. October 2, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Ooh we just bought a Nutri Bullet so looking forward to trying this! Not sure about peanut butter though… But chocolate of any description? Hell yeah.
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  18. October 2, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I love my smoothies and couldn’t live without my nutribullet! Sounds yummy- I’ve not put penut butter in before! It’s a great way to get a portion of leafy greens into your diet. Spinach or kale always go into my smoothies and even the kids will drink it! #fortheloveofBLOG
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