We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially after a workout. We also know that protein is essential to muscle repair. According to WebMD “You use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called “micronutrients.” But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.”
That is why we need to constantly replenish our supplies. And while you can get protein from foods, it’s not so easy to get enough, especially if you work out or on a vegan diet. One of the ways to add more protein into your daily diet is from protein powder.
I have done a lot of research on the best protein powders and finally found something that meets all my requirements. Naked Rice Protein Powder has only 1 ingredient (Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein) and also is:
- Has No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
- 25 Grams of Protein and 4.9 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving*Rehydrating Protein SmoothieBest after workout drink to rehydrate and add protein to repair muscle.Ingredients
- 1½ cup coconut water
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup mangoes (frozen or fresh)
- 1 lemon wedge (with skin)
- 1 spoon protein powder
- Add all ingredients to blender and mix until your desired consistency. If it's too thick, add more coconut water and blend more. Enjoy!
- GMO Free
- Soy Free and Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Independent third-party tested for heavy metals
- Independent third-party tested melamine free
After I received my powder I decided to create a smoothie that I can use after my workouts. It is not only protein rich but is also hydrating because it contains coconut water (known by athletes as nature’s sports drink). Also pineapple helps fight the bloating and banana adds tons of potassium to this mixture. Mango adds wonderful flavor and lemon wedge (with skin) adds lots of vitamin C. This smoothie is not only super hydrating, muscle repairing and nutrient dense, it is also delicious.
I tested it on my husband and a few friends and it was a big hit. I am sharing this recipe below and welcome any comments or suggestions.
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