Refuel and refresh your body after working out with a decadent smoothie

Yoga, cycling, running and weight lifting are just some of the exercises that I do on a weekly basis as a group fitness coordinator. On average, I teach about six classes per week and also try to fit in my own workouts on my own time. All of this activity can be a lot of strain on my muscles and increase my hunger, so I look for quick and easy snack or mini-meal solutions to keep me fueled for whatever comes next.

This smoothie recipe has become one of my favorites. I love how full it makes me feel, but I also love how decadent it tastes.  Refueling after a workout with a protein snack helps fatigued muscles to rebuild and the probiotics in this smoothie help keep your digestive system on track.  You can also add extra ingredients such as flax oil (great source of Omega ), or chia seeds if you prefer.



1 cup plain, nonfat, Kefir cultured milk (such as Lifeway)
1 cup frozen unsweetend strawberries or raspberries (you can use fresh strawberries, but will need to add more ice if you like a thick smoothie)
1/2 cup ice
1 tb. strawberry spreadable fruit (sugar-free jam/preserves) or 1 packet Stevia for sweetness
1 scoop natural protein powder (optional)


Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

What is your favorite post-workout food?

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