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Post-Workout Recharge

I mentioned on Friday that I’ve been doing 90 minutes of Bikram (hot) yoga once a week for the last few weeks with awesome results.

I feel fantastic when I’m done and don’t really feel like eating much even though I know I should replenish my body. I came up with this quick Post Workout Recovery Drink which is everything I want after a long workout.

It doesn’t include a lot of heavy things and leaves out the dairy entirely. It also has only natural things in it and not any protein powder or anything. You can obviously add that if you are concerned about that.

For me though, this is the perfect post-workout recharge drink. It’s filling, but not heavy. It has a slight sweetness to it, but it’s not like a milkshake or anything.

The best part is that you can whip it together even if you are exhausted or make it in advance and have it at the ready!

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Post Workout Recharge Drink

A great recharge drink for recovery after a hard workout. Made with all natural ingredients and super easy to mix up!


1 banana, sliced and frozen
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups almond milk
1 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (opt.)

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1) Slice banana and freeze in advance (you don’t have to do this step, but it’s a great trick).

2) Combine ingredients in a large blender and blend until very smooth. Run it on high for a minute or two.

3) Serve immediately.

Post Workout Recovery Drink

Nutritional Breakdown

This isn’t like a crazy protein shake or anything. By my calculations, one drink (the recipe makes two) has about 400 calories, 10 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein. If you wanted to cut back on the calories you could reduce the almond butter.

For me though, I calculated that I burn around 1,000 calories during 90 minutes of intense hot yoga so I welcome the calories and everything else.

Frozen Nanner

If you remember, before you head off to the gym, slice up a banana and stick it in the freezer on some parchment paper. This will replace ice in your Post Workout Recovery Drink later and make it really cold and creamy.

It’s not totally necessary, but is a great trick if you can remember it.


Nanner time.

Making the Drink

There’s really nothing in this drink that can spoil so you could make it and carry it around for a few hours without an issue.

It really is best cold though so if you can keep it chilled you’ll enjoy it much more!

Other basics.

Other basics.

I used some really thick almond butter from my local store. It’s delicious, but you could substitute peanut butter in the drink also.

Good stuff.

Good stuff.

A drink doesn’t get much easier to make.

Just toss everything in a blender!

In the bucket.

In the bucket.

The chia seeds add a good dose of fiber and protein to the mix. I love them in drinks like this. Just be sure to really blend the drink well so they aren’t gritty in the final drink.

Chia chia - Post Workout Recovery Drink

Chia chia.

Orange juice gives the drink a touch of fruity flavors and acid. It’s a good balance in a drink that would otherwise probably be a bit too creamy.

I like a little acid in my Post Workout Recovery Drink

I like a little acid.

Blend this sucker up well. Let your blender churn away on high for at least 30 seconds to make sure it’s really well blended.

Blend very well - Post Workout Recovery Drink

Blend very well.

I like mine right away, but you could easily make this in advance and store it for later.

Health in a cup - Post Workout Recovery Drink from Macheesmo

Health in a cup!

You could add some protein powder to it if you wanted but I like it just like this!

If you’re looking for a filling Post Workout Recovery Drink, give this sucker a shot!

9 comments on “Post-Workout Recharge

  1. This looks like something I have been looking for. I need a post workout drink as I had knee surgery in Nov 2013 and am still working out even after my therapist declared my knee back to normal. Will replace the almond milk with soy as that’s what i use at home. Will give this a try. I understand how you say you feel great after your workout. Thanks for the recipe !

  2. This looks awesome! I’ve been doing banana, avocado, chia seeds and almond milk in the mornings. Super smooth and creamy!

  3. Looks tasty! If you want to streamline things, you can pack a big ziplock bag full of bananas (peeled and sliced into 4 pieces) and then have frozen bananas on hand for many smoothies. Our freezer is always just about full, so this works a lot better for us. Cheers

  4. I think you can get away with adding a cup of greens into this and still have the taste unchanged. It’ll be a remarkable green color, too :)

  5. Looks reeeeeal good, Nick! Real good. I’m sure I’ll be giving this a good going over over the next few days. Thanks, sir.

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