After exercise, whether that be cycling, a run or a gym session, it’s essential to have a wholesome, nutritious and restorative meal to help your muscles and body recover.
Enter the banana, mango and strawberry recovery smoothie! Quick, simple, effective and tasty. It’s high in protein (thanks to some nifty protein powder), vitamin C, and other important nutrients like folate, potassium and manganese. Perfect recovery food.
If you know you’re going to be in a rush, here’s my advice: prepare all the fruit before your workout and store in a container in the fridge. That way, when you’re work out is done, all you have to do is throw the fruit into the blender with the protein powder and water. Hey presto! You’re done.
Now, do you normally just pour your smoothie into a glass and chug it down without so much as a breath? I bet you’re left with a tummy that feels overfull and definitely sloshy. Here’s my challenge: pour your smoothie into a large soup bowl, top with some more fruit (strawberries, bananas, whatever), and if you’re really feeling crazy, some chopped nuts. Eat it with a spoon. I know this might sound bizarre, but it really improves your digestion of what is a pretty nutrient-dense meal.
Banana, Strawberry and Mango Smoothie
serves 1 as a meal, 2 as a snack
- This smoothie makes enough for a whole meal, but if you’d like to share, go ahead!
- I use Vital Protein Pea Isolate Unflavoured, but if you have a favourite protein powder, use that.
- I use water as the liquid, as I feel that with the protein powder, the smoothie really doesn’t need any extra creamy liquids. But, if you’re hung up on milk, you can substitute. Coconut water is another great option!
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced (frozen is fine)
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 2 heaped dessert spoons (~25 g) of protein powder
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (if desired)
Place all ingredients in a blend, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass (or bowl!) and enjoy.