This pineapple smoothie is perfect post-workout because it’s packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and speed up muscle recovery.
Yesterday’s I hosted a green smoothie workshop at my local Pure Barre studio.
I gave everyone my spiel about green smoothies… highlighting that they’re such a great way to provide your body with a large dose of leafy greens and the fact that blending helps to break down the vitamins, minerals and enzymes included so they’re easily digested and absorbed by your body.
I actually prefer them to green juice just because with smoothies you’re still getting all the fiber, which is pretty much nonexistent with juices.
Ingredients for a Post-Workout Smoothie
I chose the ingredients for this pineapple smoothie strategically knowing that I’d be serving it after a workout class.
Pineapple is rich with the enzyme bromelain, which aids in the digestion of protein and can help curb inflammation. It’s also packed with vitamin C, an important antioxidant for tissue growth and healing.
Apples and lemon are both loaded with vitamin C as well as a myriad of additional vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Kale and chia seeds are both nutritional powerhouses so they were no-brainer additions to the smoothie.
With these ingredients, this pineapple smoothie is an awesome drink for refueling after a workout, but it’s also great for when you’re sick or healing from an injury.
The one thing I will mention is that this smoothie doesn’t have a ton of protein like most post-workout smoothies you’ll see out there. If you feel like your workout is intense enough to warrant the need for protein replenishment, you can certainly add some protein powder to the smoothie or simply enjoy the smoothie as part of a meal that includes a good source of protein.
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