Instead of reaching for your usual powdered protein shake after a workout, try making this smoothie. As well as providing all the protein you need to repair and build muscle, this smoothie delivers plenty of vitamins and antioxidants to ward off free radical damage and inflammation. Plus, it’s delicious.
Fresh Cherry Post-Workout Protein Smoothie Recipe
Ingredients (Serves One)
- 1 apple, quartered
- 1 pear
- 350g cherries, stoned
- 1 pot of Müller Light cherry yogurt
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 4 ice cubes
We entered all the ingredients into Myfitnesspal, one of the best weight-loss apps for calorie counting, to estimate the nutritional content of this smoothie. It comes out at 625 calories, with 124g of carbohydrates, 25g of protein, 20g of fibre and 4g of fat. The sizeable calorie count and carb load means this smoothie is one to enjoy when you’ve been burning a lot of energy.
Yogurt is full of protein and calcium, which helps your body recover and encourages muscle growth.
Apples are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects your body from exercise-induced oxidative stress that can cause physical damage.
Cherries are full of antioxidants and flavonoids which can help reduce inflammation.
This is needed for the growth and healing of muscle tissue. Pick a reputable protein powder that is high in the amino acid L-leucine for effective muscle recovery.
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Lucy Miller is an experienced journalist who has worked across a range of health and fitness titles. She was the fitness and nutrition editor at Men’s Fitness UK, and has also been fitness editor of both Health & Fitness UK and Women’s Fitness UK. Lucy qualified as a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutritionist in 2008.