Since last spring, I have been making a smoothie as a post-workout meal. They are quick, tasty, and easy enough to add everything your body needs to recover. My go-to post-workout smoothie is this peanut butter dream smoothie with added raw hemp protein. Sometimes I switch it up and use almond butter instead of peanut butter, but it pretty much is always the same (and impossible to get sick of).
When I did my workout yesterday morning, it was freezing! The temperature was somewhere around 40 F, and I pushed through my circuit pretty fast to get out of the cold. After stretching and showering I went to grab my Vitamix to whip up a smoothie, but I couldn’t do it. Is it just me, or when it’s cold outside and you have a smoothie, your insides turn to ice?! I couldn’t bring myself to eat anything frozen, so I was left with all the smoothie ingredients on the counter and no idea of what to make.
I decided to go with dressed up banana slices, basically putting everything I put in a smoothie on a cut up banana. I’ll admit I was pretty impressed with my idea to dip the banana slices in the hemp protein powder. It’s not fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is the perfect vehicle to include that bit of protein needed after working out. Sandwiched between the sweet banana and a small mound of cinnamon topped almond butter, you get all the protein goodness without any of the earthy hemp flavor. This is going to become my go-to post-workout meal for the cold months!
Post-Workout Banana and Almond Butter Snack
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 Tbsp raw hemp protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
2 Tbsp almond butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
cinnamon, for sprinkling
Dip each of the banana slices in the protein powder. Lay flat on a plate and top with the almond butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and snack on!