How's your "New Year New Me" thing going so far? Slacking a little? Crushing it? Sorry if I'm being nosey! 🙂 We're just in the second week of 2017 but I know how hard it is to initiate and maintain change so I thought now would be a great time to share this recipe. It is my favorite way to treat myself and help with recovery after going hard in the gym. And I have to be honest with y'all, that's not how the majority of my workouts are right now! I'll take fitness motivation any way I can get it and my post-workout protein smoothie, which happens to taste like a Wendy's frosty, provides motivation it spades.
My current fitness routine is mostly comprised of yoga but for the more strenuous strength training and cardio that I do...do, this smoothie is my go-to afterward. This recipe is quick (under two minutes) because right after working out, I want to jump in the shower as soon as possible and have no time at all for a drawn-out production. I mean, the PB&J Smoothie Bowl I sometimes whip up is very cute and also fairly quick to make but in the words of Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time fuh that!" after a workout. Enter my go-to post-workout protein smoothie.
This is one of those throw-everything-in-the-blender recipes so there's only one step. There are only five required ingredients and if you use frozen banana, you can skip the ice and that brings it down to just four. PLUS (and probably best of all) it tastes like a Wendy's frosty, I promise! I like to top this smoothie with a few sliced almonds for some crunch. This adds an additional two seconds to the process and is optional.
And in case you are doing the Daniel Fast right now: although this smoothie tastes chocolatey (thanks to raw cocoa powder) it is compliant! *insert praise dance break here* Just make sure the almond or nut butter you use is free of added sugar or sweeteners and you should be good to go to. You can find my Daniel Fast survival guide here. It's also got helpful tips for pretty much any new diet challenge or program. And might I recommend this smoothie for glowing skin and this one for an immune boost? Later this week, I am sharing a new recipe I've added to my meal prep rotation so be sure to check back for that! As if it couldn't get any better, this smoothie is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30-compliant!
I'm not a fitness expert but this post-workout protein smoothie is what works for me. I'd love to know: what do you typically eat or drink after a workout? And does it taste like a Wendy's frosty? Don't be stingy--share below in the comments. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
P.S. In case you were wondering, I do not workout in makeup or jewelry, lol (No shade to anyone that does)! These photos were part of a larger shoot and I'm so grateful to Pharris Photos for squeezing them in!
Makeup by: Ashley Byrd Beauty
A one-minute post-workout protein smoothie that tastes like a Wendy's Frosty!
- 2 tablespoons raw dark cocoa powder or regular cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons almond butter or nut butter of your choice
- 1 banana broken into chunks
- 1 cup milk I use unsweetened almond milk
- sliced almonds (optional garnish)
- Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth.
Add as much ice as you desire for texture and temperature.