Muscle Repair Smoothie

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Clean eating, Green Smoothies, Health & Fitness, Recipes | 3 comments

My my, yesterday was a doozy! I started my Saturday early to squeeze in my long run for the weekend (which I swear, nearly killed me), then rushed Zach off to swim lessons, dropped him off and spent the rest of the day busting my butt moving boxes around and out of my house. We’re getting ready to sell, so it’s not a full move yet, but we are limiting what’s here to just the stuff we need for daily use so we can stage it. So after 6 miles and about a billion times up and down the stairs of my house with our belongings, my body is sore!

I had a protein shake right after my run and I should have had one last night so my body could repair while I was sleeping, but I’m made another this morning. 

Also, there’s some method t my madness! Below is a breakdown of all the ingredients and why they are good for muscle repair. 

 muscle repair smoothie 
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and nutrients that help with tissue growth and healing.

Bananas are full of fast-acting carbs that help your body rebuild damaged muscles and potassium that helps with tightness and cramping.

Blueberries are full of antioxidants. Some studies have shown they can help triple the rate of recovery for muscles.

Cucumbers are actually filled with most of the nutrients we need in a day! They have the sugars, minerals, amino acids and vitamins that human bodies crave after exertion.

Protein increases muscle protein synthesis after exercise which promotes muscle build and repair.

Chia seeds are about 20% protein, which exceeds the protein content of most other grains and seeds. They are also full of antioxidants which help repair muscles.

Muscle Repair Smoothie

1/4 cup frozen blueberries 

1/4 cup frozen pineapple 

1/2 banana 

A couple slices of cucumber 

Scoop of protein powder 

Water 

Chia seeds sprinkled on top

 

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  1. Riley

    Hey, I love this recipe!

    I have to admit nothing beats a good protein shake after a hard workout. Do you always add protein powder to your shakes? I have trouble find the right flavour to add and tend to ruin the shake, sometimes I wonder if it is really worth adding it… although I see you have listed some benefits from the protein but are there any more, and could it be bad for you? This article at https://bodylifefitness.com/is-protein-powder-bad-for-you/ tends to lean towards the more positive side of protein powder but can too much powder and not enough whole food protein affect your body badly?

    Thanks!

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