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Perfect Post Workout Shake

Is it possible to make a Post Workout Shake without protein powder? Absolutely!

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When I first began working out at the gym I would often get a protein shake after training. A creamy cappuccino flavoured protein shake, oh so creamy and ever so yummy. At €4  a pop I found the shake to be a tad pricey so I started looking into buying my own protein powder and making my shake at home. Once I read the ingredients at the back of the protein powder bottle that was the last time I considered buying protein powder. Here we go again with the added sugar, salt and carrageenan. Same reason I stopped buying almond milk and started making it. Surely there’s a better way. I am 100% positive that Mother Nature has provided us with everything we need to replenish our bodies post workout. Carbs, protein, essential fatty acids, electrolytes, and antioxidants. All of these can be sourced naturally. I’ll take real food over supplements any day!


Without further ado here’s my formula for the Perfect Post Workout Shake sans protein powder. First off you must maintain this order, especially if like myself you do not own a high-speed blender.Step 1 Liquids, Step 2 soft ingredients, Step 3 frozen ingredients and Step 4 nut butters last only after an initial whirl.

perfect post workout shake

perfect post workout shake

perfect post workout shake


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Perfect Post Workout Shake
  • 100ml almond milk
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
  2. Add more liquid if it's too thick


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  • Reply
    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    April 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I never thought to use green tea as a smoothie base. Such an interesting idea!

    • Reply
      April 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks Audrey! I’m always experimenting.. 😉

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    Steph @ Steph in Thyme
    April 30, 2015 at 4:22 am

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing your recommendations. I often add hemp seeds in my smoothies, sometimes chia seeds. I’ve never used green tea, but am so curious to try! We typically add almond milk and plant-based protein powder along with seeds of some sort. I need blend up some more fruit!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2015 at 12:05 am

      Thanks Steph! I really like using green tea for a change and with all those antioxidants you just can’t go wrong!

  • Reply
    April 29, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve never been able to find goat’s milk greek style yogurt! Only plain goat’s milk yogurt. Where can I find it? Or what brand do you buy?

    • Reply
      April 29, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Melissa, I’m in Spain so I don’t suppose the brand I get here would be of much help to you.. 🙁 You could always make your own. I’m actually working on a post about how to easily make your own greek yogurt. It might be out as early as next week so be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you wont miss it.. 🙂

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen
    April 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Love your formula, I like to use goat milk yogurt and hemp seeds for protein in my smoothies too!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Sylvie! They’re great aren’t they.. 🙂

  • Reply
    April 28, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I don’t use a lot of protein powders…i like your formula!! A perfect meal in a glass!

    • Reply
      April 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you Tessa! I couldn’t agree more.. 🙂

  • Reply
    April 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Good tips! I just got my first bag of hemp hearts and I’m pretty much in love with them. 😉

    • Reply
      April 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Raia! I love hemp hearts, I sprinkle them on just about everything these days:)

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    April 17, 2015 at 4:46 am


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      April 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Let me know how you like it Kim!

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