Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this orange banana smoothie comes together fast for a post workout snack or an easy breakfast.
I recently created this orange banana smoothie as a post-workout recovery drink. It’s light, refreshing and the perfect mix of carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover.
The orange banana flavor reminds me of an Orange Julius (do you remember those from the mall?!) and it’s such an easy smoothie to whip up with only four simple ingredients.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make this high-protein smoothie!
banana – frozen banana gives this smoothie the best, creamy texture. Tip: peel the banana before you freeze it so you don’t have to try to scrape the peel off while frozen!
navel orange – I recommend using a navel orange, but any variety of orange will work. Just make sure your orange is fully peeled.
protein powder – I love adding protein powder for an extra protein boost… especially if I’m enjoying this smoothie after a workout. I use Nuzest vanilla protein in this smoothie! Use code: eatingbirdfood for 15% off.
milk – I prefer almond milk for this recipe, but any milk will work.
ice – this is optional, but if you want to bulk up the smoothie or give the smoothie a slushy texture you can add this in.
When you workout, your muscles use up glycogen stores to fuel your muscles. These stores don’t magically regenerate, you need to eat carbohydrates to replenish them! If you’re doing endurance sports or a lot of cardio (for example: running or swimming), you’ll need more carbs than if you are doing resistance training (light weight lifting).
What Does Protein do Post Workout?
Most workouts lead to muscle breakdown. This sounds negative but is actually a good thing as long as you rest enough and fuel properly to repair your muscles which leads to building. Making sure you get enough protein post workout ensures that your body has the right amino acids to rebuild your muscle.