You love smoothies, I love smoothies, we all love frozen smoothies!
But we sometimes don’t love smoothies as much in the winter time.
However, we believe they can still be a winter staple, particularly following exercise, as they are a really convenient way to meet your post workout needs.
You can read on to find out how they can help.
Finding the ideal post workout smoothie
After you have a workout, it’s the perfect time to fuel up.
This is one of those times when our cells are primed and ready for an influx of nutrients.
So what do you need in it and why exactly do you need to have a fantastic post-workout smoothie?
First, we need to consider digestion.
We need to make sure our body is in a state where it can adequately digest the food and that the food is easy to digest.
It may be worth leaving a little bit of time between your workout and eating.
When we workout, a lot of our blood gets diverted to the muscles, away from the stomach, so getting to a calm state is an important first step before refuelling.
And as you’ve probably heard many times, smoothies can be quite easy to digest and this is a reason why they are a great post workout choice.
Convenience and Nutritious
Second, we want something convenient and nutritious.
When you’ve finished your workout and are ready to eat, there’s a good chance you’re absolutely ravenous and might eat anything in site.
Having a pre-prepared smoothie is a great way to devour something that is simultaneously nutritious, delicious and convenient.
Third, and most importantly, we need to know what to include in the smoothie.
This will of course change depending on your goals, but in general here’s what we’re looking for.
You’ll want to have a smoothie with protein, carbs and also, ideally a bit of fat.
Now, fat isn’t the enemy, adequate fat intake is necessary for a number of functions in the body.
It’s just that protein and carbohydrates are really the stars after exercise and can be easier to digest.
Where do you start?
When you’re planning your post workout winter smoothie you need to run through all of the possibilities to suit your needs and your goals.
And the best place to start is with choosing the liquid to use for your base.
Start with the liquid base
There are many liquids you could choose to add to your frozen smoothie, these can include milk, water or you could use a plant based milk too.
We’ve written before about a number of different plant milks including their pros and cons.
If you need to jog your memory, you can read through our older article to find out all about plant based milks.
On top of that, you could also choose to use coconut water or just plain old filtered water if you wanted as well.
Pop in your favourite Super Cubes frozen smoothie cubes
Super Cubes can make a great base to use along with your liquid.
They can give you a wide variety of nutritional value and also give you the ability to mix and match your flavours too.
All of the Super Cubes look so good and can make you think, I’m not sure which one to go for?
Don’t worry we’ve got you covered for this dilemma.
You just need to have a quick read through our post “Are there any frozen smoothies that can replace meals?”, as it explains all of our cubes pretty well for you.
Then the easy part is throwing a few in the blender for yourself.
Adding in protein powder
You really couldn’t have a post workout frozen smoothie without taking care of your protein needs.
If you want to help your body recover after training, you need to take care of your protein throughout your day.
Again, we have gone in depth with many of the potential and popular protein powder options you can add to your frozen smoothie in a past post.
So, if you’re unsure of which protein best for you to add to your smoothie, learn more about protein in smoothies by reading “Can I add protein in with my frozen smoothie?”.
Is there anything you'd like to add to your smoothies?
How about a dash of cacao for its antioxidants, minerals and its potential blood flow enhancing effects.
Oh yea and who doesn’t love the taste of chocolate?
What about some cinnamon, to provide some warmth and help improve your carbohydrate metabolism.
Perhaps you’re looking for some whole food protein and plant based omega-3s to add, then you can look no further than hemp seeds.
Get creative, and make the smoothie enjoyable for you!
Putting together your winter post workout smoothie
So after running through all of the above it’s time to pull all of the ingredients together.
So here’s a sample winter post workout smoothie recipe for you.
Add to your blender all of the below ingredients:
- Almond milk
- 2 to 3 berry digest smoothie cubes
- A scoop or 2 of your favourite protein powder
- Cacao powder
- Hemp seeds
Blend the ingredients together until smooth, sprinkle on some hemp seeds and drink.
You might have to experiment taking your frozen smoothie to the gym with you, as you’ll have to keep it chilled once you get there.
Or if you usually wait until you get home or arrive at the office before you indulge yourself post workout, you don’t have to worry, blend and enjoy!
Do I have to choose between a smoothie and winter food?
You can have your smoothie and eat your cake too if that makes sense?
What we’re trying to say is that you can enjoy your frozen smoothie as part of your post workout meal if you want to.
So alongside your sweet potatoes, vegetables, eggs, rice or whatever else it is if you choose to eat after you exercise, you can still have a frozen smoothie with it too.
As long as your sticking to your nutrition goals its ok to mix and match, especially during winter where you maybe craving food more than smoothie shakes.
What now? Frozen smoothie time?
So we hope we have convinced you that post workout frozen smoothies are perfectly fine during winter and that you’re fine to start experimenting with different ingredients too.
If you do already use frozen smoothies in your post workout winter routine, we have a few questions for you now.
What’s your favourite ingredients to add?
Which Super Cubes are your favourite to blend post training?
What’s your favourite post workout smoothie recipe?
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