Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this refreshing Orange Banana Smoothie comes together fast for an easy breakfast or post workout snack.
If you’ve been following Eating Bird Food for a minute, you know I value balanced snacks and meals. I always try to get a balance of lean protein, healthy fats and carbs in at each meal. This is especially important after working out… let’s chat about why!
When you workout, your muscles use up glycogen stores to fuel your muscles. In most types of workouts, your muscles are also breaking and rebuilding (if you allow enough rest and proper nutrition between workouts). I try to eat something as soon as I can after working out to help with the recovery process.
I recently created this smoothie to refuel. If you struggle with having an appetite after a workout, try this smoothie! It’s light, refreshing and the perfect mix of carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover.
Why are carbs important post workout?
Remember when I said that your muscles use up glycogen stores during a workout? They pull from your glycogen stores for energy. 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…