A Vegan Post Workout Smoothie should include several vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs, and healthy fats to aid your body's fast recovery. This vegan protein smoothie has it all. This spinach smoothie is the perfect way to refuel after a workout, and it's effortless to make. So, if you're looking for something healthy and delicious to drink after your next workout, then keep reading for the recipe.
I hope you're all having a great Monday. Today, I thought I would share my favorite post-workout smoothie recipe with you.
If you are working out as part of a weight-loss regime, we recommend pairing this after workout smoothie with one of these low-sugar juice or spinach ginger smoothies as soon as you wake up.
A post-workout smoothie? You must be joking! You usually drink protein after a tough workout to help rebuild your muscles.
Well, what if I told you that there's a healthier post-workout smoothie for you than drinking protein and better at building muscle than just having a glass of milk?
Yeah, it might sound too good to be true, but this post-workout smoothie really is better than drinking or eating anything else. This post-workout drink will make you feel full for longer and give your muscles the nutrients they need post-training.
Say hello to my post-workout smoothie and our perfectly creamy, protein-packed oatmeal banana smoothie, and hemp-powered blackberry banana smoothie! Check out our functional smoothies and juices collection! This delicious banana spinach smoothie also inspired our superfood green detox smoothie and spinach blueberry banana smoothie on this site.
If you are working out as part of a weight-loss plan, having a strawberry kiwi smoothie or a spinach and apple smoothie can be a great low-calorie breakfast to start your day on the right foot!
Below is the perfect formula for a post-workout muscle recovery shake.
- Fresh kale
- Raw almonds
- Fresh spinach
- Flax meal, chia seeds, and/or pumpkin seeds
- Almond milk
- Ripe banana
- Optionally include a scoop of clean protein powder (affiliate link)
💡 Tips for making the ideal healthy post-workout smoothie
This is how it works: the ideal Vegan Protein Smoothie.
We used almonds, but you can substitute them for walnuts. You can also add nut butter; just be aware that they can add a lot of calories.
Soy or Nut milk
Use either almond milk or soy and oat milk, with higher protein content. Check our recipes to make your homemade oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
Dairy-free milks helo to enhance the creamy texture of your smoothie recipes.
Make sure to add some seeds: such as flax, pumpkin, or chia seeds. Both nuts and seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids and after-work-out foods that fight inflammation and improve bone and joint health; a great addition to a post-workout recovery smoothie.
In addition, they are a source of protein, essential for muscle recovery! Making it the best vegan recovery drink.
Add some healthy sweetness: Dates are naturally sweet, help prevent post-workout cramping, and aid muscle recovery after an intense workout.
Leafy or collard greens
To make a post workout green smoothie, add some leafy greens (March is a great month to catch them in season): using kale and spinach here. Both superfoods! They are rich in antioxidants and are an essential post-workout food.
I like using baby spinach because it has a mild flavor and adds natural protein to your smoothies. Spinach is one of the most common choices because it is delicious, smooth, healthy, and rich in protein.
They are fantastic for their anti-inflammatory properties, adding dietary fiber, and helping your body recover after a hard workout.
Another option to easily get your daily dose of greens is adding a tablespoon of organic daily greens powder (affiliate link) directly into your after-workout smoothie.
If a green smoothie is not your thing, use berries, like on our healthy frozen berries smoothie, which also has plenty of antioxidants like vitamin c.
Add them to your blender, a frozen banana, seeds, and protein, and a healthy smoothie made with healthy blended spinach; great to add more greens to your diet.
Read on: High-Protein Vegan Meals » and this Protein-packed Spinach smoothie with Banana »
Blend in some complex carbs like fresh fruit. We like the combination of a pear and banana smoothie, using a ripe frozen banana and pear (we always keep some bananas frozen). Making a smoothie with spinach and fruit is excellent to avoid added sugars in your drink and add plenty of vitamins, and pears are great to keep things moving.
You can always use natural sweeteners like date paste or a Medjool date if you want some extra sweetness.
Complex carbs provide sustained energy over periods and help replenish glycogen after training.
Banana is the most used fruit because it adds natural sweetness, contributes to dietary fiber intake, and adds a love texture to your smoothie.
Feel free to add spices, which have no calories and add great benefits. My favorite spices to add to my smoothie are cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice mix, ground cloves, and vanilla extract.
Add ground turmeric plus a pinch of black pepper to fight post-workout cramps and inflammation.
Usually, add half a teaspoon of each, except for the cloves that are very strong.
Boost your protein intake with a plant-based, organic, and clean protein powder, as this Plant-based Protein Powder (affiliate link) is designed for No-Meat Athletes.
Essential to consume immediately after a workout to build muscle and maximize the body's ability to recover, especially if you want a post-workout smoothie for muscle gain.
Whatever your protein powder choice is, pay close attention to its components and the distribution of macros. You want a good balance of protein and carbohydrates.
We think it is worth the time invested in choosing the suitable protein powder to ensure they have the proper nutrition calories for your goals, so your efforts pay off and will significantly impact the taste of your post-workout smoothies.
I recommend choosing one or two protein powder flavors to avoid getting tired, and I usually pick a flavorless one and either vanilla or berries. I never pick a banana-flavored one, as I add bananas to my smoothies 90% of the time.
Wash and chop
Begin washing your leafy greens and chopping the fruits into medium-sized chunks.
I don't usually go crazy about measurements, but when making a functional exercise smoothie.
Top tip: I like to keep calories in line to ensure that energy levels and calories align with my plan. i.e., one large banana might have 50% more calories, carns, and nutrition overall than a small one. Food can greatly vary in calories and macros when you consider its size.
Use a scale, measuring cups, or tablespoons to ensure only what is needed goes in!
Add all your dried and fresh ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix for about 40 seconds with ice cubes until you have a smooth and creamy texture. Our blender has a smoothie recipe function that mixes for 40 seconds.
The best recovery smoothie recipe can have some extras.
Include some raw cocoa powder or maca-cocoa powder (affiliate link) for a different taste, enhanced energy, and extra antioxidants. It is also a great supplement for those trying to reduce caffeine intake.
Add some berries as an extra shot of antioxidants.
Include some turmeric and black pepper to aid post-workout inflammation.
If you aim to gain some weight, include cashew, peanut, or almond butter tablespoon. They provide energy and help replenish your body faster; if used with maca powder (affiliate link), they are even better. They also add more protein to your post-workout smoothies.
If you are planning on drinking this shake post workout smoothie for muscle gain, adding peanut butter or any nut butter to your shake should be part of your game plan.
On the contrary, if you are drinking this shake as post workout weight loss smoothie, then omit the nut butter, and add energy lifting maca powder, which is low in calories and high in benefits. See which maca powder is best for you.
If you plan on lifting weights to support your weight-gaining goals, using maca powder can also be a great addition to your smoothie. That would make the best workout smoothie since it has all the nutrients necessary for recovery and all the great benefits that this ancient root has to replenish greater energy, stamina, improved mood, and the ability to handle stress.
Finally, add agave or maple syrup for extra sweetness.
Add spirulina powder for extra protein without adding many calories.
Add matcha powder as an extra natural metabolism enhancer and is packed with antioxidants.
You can add coconut water to your smoothie; not only does it tastes good, but it has healthy electrolytes that also help with recovery after exercise.
Coconut water has a lot of minerals that are essential for body recovery after an exercise session.
Read on: 3-ingredient pineapple coconut smoothie
You may like another Great Post-Work Out Elixir that you should add to your diet if you are into Juicing:
Beetroot and Celery Juice: the Ultimate Pre and Post-workout drink
We also worked on a protein pre-workout smoothie to boost endurance and performance.
Energizing Banana Matcha Smoothie is a great way to start the day or have it as a snack before working out.
Make this smoothie after your next workout to see how your body will start replenishing much better, and your effort in the gym with be optimized!
🥤 More smoothie recipes
If you don't have a good blender, we think it is an excellent investment if you plan on continuing to make post-workout smoothie recipes, and they also work as a food processor replacement.
We use it at least twice a day; it's worth it. Try some of our favorite smoothies:
Check out these healthy recipes; they can all be turned into post-workout smoothies, simply adding protein powder, as most of the time, we use the same healthy lifestyle principles when designing our smoothies.
We designed another amazing green smoothie as a detox smoothie but it worked perfectly as a post-workout partner, simply adding a scoop of plant-based protein here!
It is fantastic; all the ingredients are super clean and vegan, perfect if you are looking for a post-workout smoothie for weight loss, just as a strawberry-banana smoothie.
If you like smoothies in all their forms, you might love having a thick smoothie bowl either to begin your day or after an extenuating workout.
Or, if you like some chewing involved, these oats and chia pudding with peanut butter can be just what you need, or maybe these 4-ingredient vegan protein cookies.
Check our weight loss juice if losing weight is part of your goals.
⭐ If you try this healthy post work out smoothie recipe, let us know! 💬 Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag us @ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Post Work Out Smoothie
- 1 cup kale raw, optionally remove stems
- 1 cup spinach raw, / or swiss chard
- 3 almonds raw / walnuts
- 2 dates pitted, more if want to make it sweeter
- 2 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds / pumpkin seeds / or a mix
- 1 cup soy milk organic / or almond milk (has more protein)
- 1 banana ripe, frozen
- ½ pear ripe / or apple
- 3 tablespoons Organic Protein Plant-Based Powder plain or use vanilla-flavored / hemp seeds / hemp flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice about 6 cubes
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or turmeric and black pepper to fight post-workout inflammation
- 3 teaspoons maca powder
- Wash all the fresh ingredients and pit the dates; then measure your ingredients with measuring spoons and/or cups.
- Add everything into a high speed blender. For a thicker smoothie, add more ripe pear or frozen banana. For a thinner smoothie, add more plant milk or water (it will affect sweetness). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more dates or banana for sweetness and more plant milk or spinach for creaminess.For a thicker smoothie, add more ripe pear, frozen banana, or peach
- Serve Cold. Smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, though best when fresh.
🌡️ Food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking points to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
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I always want to have a green smoothie after a work out! Its refreshing and satisfying with all the healthy ingredients.
Thanks for your comment Marlene, I am glad this after-workout smoothie satisfied your needs! PLease keep coming for more smoothie recipes!
This is the perfect post-workout smoothie! It's so satisfying and nourishing. This just might be my new post-workout go-to!
This was so easy to make and was so tasty! Thanks so much for sharing!
You are welcome Kelley; we will keep posting more post-workout smoothies for you to enjoy, stay tuned!
Tayler Ross says
I had one of these smoothies after my morning workout and it was incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
Thank you for trying our post-workout smoothie recipe Tayler; we're glad you enjoyed it!
Tasted great! Loved the flavor combination
thank you, Kim! That's great to hear! Thank you for your feedback!
Delicious! I had an intense rowing workout today and this was the perfect recovery drink. Thanks!
Rowing? That's so cool! We love rowing too, but it's been a while since we haven't. Here in Milano, we don't have any river or lake close to home. Anyway, thanks for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed the recovery drink!
Beth Sachs says
Loving the colour of this healthy smoothie! Tastes pretty good too!
thank you, Beth!
Claudia Lamascolo says
I won't need to drink this for after work outs its great all day long its so good!
I am glad you liked the post-workout smoothie, Claudia! Thanks for your review!
Alisa Infanti says
This was great and I had no idea dates helped with post-workout cramping! Thanks for the tip.
I'm so glad you found our article helpful, Alisa! We are always looking for new ways to help people live their best lives.
What an incredible colour! This smoothie looks so vibrant and nutritious.
Thank you for the 5 stars, Dannii! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed our smoothie.
Mindee Taylor says
So delicious! Even my kids kept sneaking tastes!
This has everything you need to recover from a workout and it's a gorgeous color! I think pear is so underused in smoothies, I love it!
Thank you Gina for your review of our Recovery Smoothie! We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the flavor and color.
We hope that it helped you recover from a tough workout and we encourage you to let us know if there's anything else we can do to help with that process.
Claudia Lamascolo says
This is so festive for the upcoming Christmas holiday and also perfect for St Patricks Day delicious!
Thank you for your review Claudia! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our festive recipe!
We love hearing from happy customers and are always looking for ways to improve our products, so please feel free to reach out with any feedback or suggestions.
Love these, the color is amazing!!