Fight Fuel: Coconut Smoothie
Coconut Smoothie – Are you struggling to re-fuel after workouts? Are you trying to save dolla dolla bills (y’all) by resisting the temptation of $10 smoothies from the juice bar? Here is a protein-packed, post-workout smoothie that solves both of those problems.
Protein from plain Greek yogurt and potassium from one whole banana makes for the perfect post-workout fight fuel. If you are lactose intolerant — or like to avoid dairy — sub in non-dairy yogurt or non-dairy milk with a half scoop of protein powder. Other perks: This smoothie is naturally sweetened with dates and can easily be made into a chocolate smoothie. Just add 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder or 1 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Creamy Coconut Banana Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp nut butter
1 cup plain coconut water
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish
- If your dates are not soft, let them soak in water for 30-60 minutes. This will make them easier to blend.
- Add every ingredient to the blender except the coconut flakes. Blend until creamy and smooth.
- Serve immediately with coconut flakes on top. If consuming the smoothie after a workout, store it in the fridge for up to 12 hours. You can also the freeze the smoothie and let it defrost while working out.
This smoothie also makes for a great breakfast. Consider adding ¼ cup of gluten-free oats to add some whole grains.
Emily is the fitness instructor and recipe developer behind Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. She teaches a variety of classes including yoga, Zumba and boxing. You can also catch her for a how-to food demo from time to time. At the EBF, you’ll find her teaching BAGFIIT Beats with a dance-oriented flare and BODYFIIT 360, a challenging combination of yoga, suspension and weight-training.