In order to get the most out of your workout and build muscle, it’s important to refuel within one hour of getting your sweat on. This cherry ginger rebound is the perfect way to rebound from a hard workout because it provides a nice balance of proteins and carbohydrates, on top of some top-notch anti-inflammatory ingredients such as ginger root.
In this recipe, you can use any protein powder that you like. The recipe calls for grass-fed whey protein isolate because whey is a complete source of protein and is highest in all of the essential amino acids, especially leucine. This has been associated with higher stimulation of muscle protein synthesis, which is desirable after a workout. It’s also rapidly digestible and has a high bioavailability.
If you have a dairy allergy or sensitivity, then you can subsitute in plant-based protein powders or collagen. If you use a plant-based protein powder then it’s best to use a product with a few protein powders that are blended to increase the essential amino acid levels. Collagen can also be a great option but it does lack the amino acid tryptophan and is low in amino acids like methionine and leucine. No matter which protein powder you choose, try to choose one that is certified by a third party like NSF International. This ensures that it is tested by an outside company for quality, purity and safety.
The protein powder used in this recipe was unsweetened. If you don’t eat a lot of sugar in your diet then you will be fine with an unsweetened protein powder. If you need a little something extra then you can try a vanilla or chocolate protein powder that is sweetened with stevia or monk fruit.
1/2 cup cherries, pitted
1/2 cup mango, frozen
½ cup broccoli sprouts
1 ½ cups coconut milk, unsweetened (or any other nut milk)
3/4 tsp ginger root
1 scoop grass-fed whey protein isolate, unsweetened
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
1. Combine all ingredients in a high powdered blender.
2. Blend ingredients for about 45 seconds or until smooth.
3. Pour smoothie into a 16 fl oz cup.