What does the best post workout protein shake consist of? Simply put: protein and simple sugars.
Did you know that after a workout your metabolism is at its highest? Drinking a high calorie protein shake after a hard workout isn’t recommended especially if you enjoy eating more food throughout the day. Try limiting your after-workout shake to around 200 calories. This will give your body the protein and nutrients it needs to repair broken down muscle tissue, you’ll feel satisfied, and you won’t sacrifice a ton of calories all at once.
Imagine eating 6 oreos; that’s 420 calories. Now, imagine training for 2 hours in the gym and replenishing your body with 6 oreos. I doubt you’re getting excited about hearing this! You’re going to be left unhappy, sluggish, and sad. And worst of all, you won’t get the nutrients your body is craving, especially after a strenuous workout. Replacing sugary foods after a workout (even though sugar is what brings the protein to your muscles fastest) will give you better results and help you feel satisfied after a workout.
You don’t need to eat 600+ calories after a workout to give your body what it needs. Feed it simple sugars like that of a banana or fresh fruit juice. Apple juice with vanilla protein powder is actually tastier than it sounds.
These are our 2 favorite post workout protein shake recipes:
1 Scoop Chocolate Sun Warrior Rice Protein
1 Cup Ice
1 to 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 Frozen Bananas
1 Cup Water
2 Frozen Bananas
1 Cup Vanilla Soymilk
1 Scoop Vanilla Sun Warrior Rice Protein
1 tsp. Maca Powder
If you enjoy peanut butter, try our peanut butter protein shake recipe. It is loaded with protein to help feed your muscles after a strenuous workout.
Immediately following your workout you should be consuming a post workout shake. Give your body what it needs to build and grow. Your time in the gym will be wasted if you’re not feeding your body with proper nutrients. But remember, you do not grow in the gym. Make sure you’re getting sleep and rest to ensure your body grows and recovers properly.