Post-Workout Protein Green Smoothie

This tasty post workout green smoothie will help your muscles recover while providing the rest of your body with maximum taste and nutrition!

a post workout green smoothie in a glass topped with chia seeds and basil leaf

Smoothies are one of my favorite post-workout snacks or meals, because I know I can pack in a ton of nutrition with very little time and effort.

This smoothie is perfect for after a workout, because it keeps me full, and is packed with recovery supporting protein, tons of greens, and the freshness of basil!

Even better if you use basil you’ve grown from cuttings or seed, or planted, watered and cared for in your own garden or indoors on your windowsill!

birds eye view of a post workout green smoothie in a glass topped with chia seeds and basil leaves

Hello, Green Smoothie Goodness

In my view, a post workout green smoothie is the perfect recovery food!

Since your muscles don’t really care where protein actually comes from, I like to use protein that’s easy.

This smoothie uses unflavored protein powder, Greek yogurt and chia seeds for protein.

Ingredients for a post workout green smoothie including kale, spinach, pineapple, basil, chia, greek yoghurt, and protein powder

Plus it’s packed with a ton of greens for nutrition and flavor, and banana for potassium and filling you up!

It also has pineapple and a bit of honey, to add sweetness.

And of course, basil!

Ingredients for a post workout green smoothie including kale, spinach, pineapple, basil, chia, greek yoghurt, and protein powder

Bananas + protein are a post-workout match made in heaven, because the simple carbs from the banana give your body the immediate energy hit it needs, leaving the protein available to be used for recovery and muscle growth.

birds eye view looking down on a blender filled with banana and spinach

And of course, the basil adds some extra flavor and antioxidants!

Whether you choose to use fresh basil from your garden or store bought basil for this recipe, make sure all the leaves are nice and healthy looking. That means no brown spots or black spots, yellowing, wilting, holes, etc. Prune first thing in the morning to maximize for flavor, and keep the stems in a glass of water until you’re ready to use them.

As with the apple basil matcha smoothie, you could even serve this up as a green smoothie bowl if you want to be extra fancy, and garnish with edible basil flowers for added flair.

Close up of a bunch of fresh basil

I really think you’re going to love this recipe!

How to Make This Post Workout Green Smoothie

Ingredients for a post workout green smoothie in a blender including banana, pineapple and greens
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time:
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 1/4 cup basil, tightly packed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut water (start small and add as needed)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of your favorite unflavored protein powder
  • 1/4 cup Chobani plan greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey, if you need some sweetness
  • crushed ice (optional)

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients together in a blender, and blend, adding more coconut water if you need to get the right consistency.
  • Enjoy!

birds eye view of a post workout green smoothie in a glass topped with chia seeds and basil leaves