As a busy professional working 9-5 while also training at a high level, time is a precious commodity. If only there were a few more hours in the day! Mid-week, you can usually find me racing from a workout to a client meeting with barely any time to eat. When squeezed for time like this, it's easy to make poor choices about recovery food, choosing something that is quick and easy but not necessarily nutritious. I'll admit, I'm guilty of grabbing just a granola bar - definitely not the best choice post-run.
Thankfully, I've been making better recovery food choices since the addition of a new blender - this is hands-down our most-used wedding present :-) My go-to snack is now the Mean Green Smoothie, chock full of protein, fruits, and vegetables AND tastes amazing (if I do say so myself!). I can make it in less than 5 minutes and sip on it while I'm rushing to get ready for a meeting. The smoothie provides me with nutritious, needed calories directly after my workout, and can hold me over til I have time for a proper meal. Read on for my shopping list and Mean Green Smoothie recipe!
- Nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I like Fage)
- Fresh spinach
- Frozen mango chunks (great to have on hand for when you're too busy to make it to the grocery store)
- Black chia seeds (a good source of omega-3 fatty acids aka brain food!)
- 1% lowfat milk or vanilla soymilk
- Honey (to sweeten, if you used dairy milk)
In a single-serve (16 oz.) blender cup, add 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen mango, and a handful of spinach. Add vanilla soymilk until you reach the max fill line on the cup, or lowfat milk and 1 tablespoon of honey (to sweeten) if you prefer dairy milk. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds to add some healthy fats and fiber to your smoothie.
Blend your smoothie and you're good to go! Enjoy and recover well!
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market University Heights in Providence for keeping me well-fueled!