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Lean, Mean, Green Machine Smoothie

This high-protein shake is the perfect post-workout snack.

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If you want to reap all the muscle-building perks of your workout, aim to down both carbs and protein for optimal recovery within 30 to 45 minutes after your sweat session. The energy stored in your muscles is replenished fastest within an hour of exercise, so getting some carbs and protein in this window can help increase your body’s ability to make protein and build strength.

Ready to blend the perfect post-workout shake? You’ll love this green smoothie. It contains banana, which provides easily digested carbs (and potassium!), kiwi for sweetness and vitamin C, whey powder (a high-quality, easily digested protein containing important amino acids) antioxidant-rich spinach, and coconut water to aid rehydration.

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Cal/Serv: 304
Yields: 1
Total Time: 0 hours 5 mins

medium banana, cut into pieces


kiwi, peeled and cut into pieces

1 c.

organic unsweetened almond milk

1 c.

organic fresh spinach


scoop vanilla whey protein 

1/2 c.

organic coconut water


Combine ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 304 calories, 22 g protein, 47 g carb (7 g fiber), 5 g fat

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