One of the best perks of working out is having the justification to drink a refreshing recovery smoothie. But what if we told you that you could have that same smoothie, just without the grueling, hour-long workout that comes before it? Total game changer, right? Here are five post-workout smoothies that can also just be regular smoothies if you’re not feeling up to it today.
1. Dulce de Leche Protein Blast
This decadent shake is packed with protein that’ll feed your muscles after a hard session at the gym. Or, if you can’t be bothered today, just go for it anyway. Protein can never be a bad thing, right? Treat yourself for once.
2. Hydrating Coconut Swirl
After doing all that cardio, your body needs to rehydrate itself. But isn’t hydration always a good thing? Even if you skip the gym, your body could still probably use some electrolytes, or something.
3. Green Tea Matcha Smoothie
The green tea in this refreshing drink will give you the boost of energy you need after that exhausting workout! But we know you’re exhausted without even setting foot in the gym, we all are. So just go for it. Go crazy. You can burn off those extra calories tomorrow. Skip the gym and drink the dumb drink. You deserve it.
4. Papaya Ginger Smoothie
Both papaya and ginger have anti-inflammatory qualities, which are perfect after exerting yourself during a long — you know what, fuck it. Just drink the goddamn smoothie without going to the gym. It’s a freaking papaya for God’s sake, it won’t kill you.
5. Strawberry Banana Boost
You know what, this is ridiculous. Why the hell is this one even considered a post-workout smoothie? It’s four fucking strawberries and half a stupid banana. You can have that without going to the gym. We’re giving you permission. Congratulations.