You just finished a sweltering, sweaty workout, and all you can think about is gulping down a huge glass of ice-cold water. But your body needs more than good ol’ H20 to recover. So sip on this smoothie that tastes so luscious, so naturally sweet, you’ll crave it after every workout. It’s made with fresh, juicy watermelon, which studies have shown can relieve muscle soreness; strawberries, which offer carbs to restore energy; hydrating cucumber; electrolyte-packed coconut water; and protein powder to heal those hard-worked muscles.
It’s smooth, light, and ultrarefreshing, and at just 145 calories, it makes the perfect post-workout snack. Whip one up in minutes and it’ll offer the protein (15 grams!), carbs, and hydration you need after a steamy workout, leaving you feeling cool, refreshed, and refueled.
1 cup watermelon1/4 cup strawberries1/2 cucumber1/2 serving vanilla plant-based protein powder (I used Vega Performance Protein: 65 calories, 13 grams protein)1/2 cup pure, unsweetened coconut water4 ice cubes