If you have access to a blender, a protein-packed shake or smoothie is an ideal way to refuel after a gym sesh – take a look at our best protein shake recipes and best smoothie recipes. For convenience you can’t beat the best protein powders – we reviewed and rated them for flavour – however a homemade smoothie is tastier and has extra nutritional value from the fresh ingredients.
This post-workout smoothie is rich in easily absorbed whey protein to aid muscle recovery and growth. The blueberries and blackberries provide antioxidants to fight the free radical damage caused by exercise, and the banana tops up your body’s glycogen store, which will be depleted after a workout.
To prepare this smoothie, just throw all the ingredients into a blender. If you train at a gym, you can prepare this smoothie beforehand, take it along in a sealed drink bottle and glug it down in the changing room after your workout.
Blackberry And Blueberry Protein Milkshake Recipe
- 20g whey protein isolate powder
- 300ml skimmed milk, chilled
- 50g blackberries
- 50g blueberries
- Half a banana
We obtained a rough nutritional breakdown for this smoothie by running the ingredients through Myfitnesspal, one of the best weight-loss apps for calorie counting. This 280-calorie smoothie provides 41g of carbohydrates, 29g of protein, 5g of fibre and 1g of fat.
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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.