You’re all done your workout for the day and you need to refuel! How about a yummy wheatgrass shot followed by some steamed browned rice? No, not doing it for you? Ok, then how about gingerbread cookies?
It may sound too good to be true (and okay, it is) but we’ll offer you something that tastes almost as good and is protein-packed and nutritionally dense.
Protein shakes have come a long way in recent way and protein powders now come in a variety of flavours and textures. Add in a few yummy and clean ingredients and you have yourself an awesome, post-workout snack.
While it may seem foolish to some to invest in protein powder, there’s science behind the claim. Solid food can take longer to digest and break down the protein molecules and send them to recovering muscles, it can be easier (and certainly faster) to drink a protein shake immediately following a workout, since it will take the protein molecules in a shake only about 30 minutes to reach your needy muscles.
Here are 5 of the best post-workout shakes.
We told you we’d give you gingerbread!
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
½ scoop of chocolate meal replacement powder
1 cup of skim or almond milk
Cinnamon and ginger to taste
1 dash of ground cloves
5 or 6 ounces of plain greek yogurt
5 ice cubes
Blend together until smooth and then top with cinnamon.
Protein: 49 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Fat: 5 grams