Six Healthy Smoothies for Improved Recovery and Muscle Growth

2. AVOCADO, KALE AND MANGO

The combination of vitamin packed kale with tropical mango is an unusually delicious one. Kale is packed with vitamins A, K, C and B6, as well as calcium, potassium and antioxidants. According to healthline, kale is “among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.”

Source: Vitamix

This green vegetable is incredibly high in nutrients and low in carbs, making it an incredibly nutrient-dense food. Kale is also a great source of calcium and magnesium, both substances you lose through sweat and which are essential for optimal muscle function.

Mangos are a great source of protein and fibre and, even though they’re relatively high in carbs, are exactly what you need post-workout. Your body’s glycogen stores are used as fuel during exercise, so consuming a mix of carbs and protein after your workout helps replenish them while also stimulating protein synthesis (the creation of new muscle).

Add Greek yogurt to increase the protein volume in this healthy smoothie. Almond milk and avocado add richness and a creamy consistency – ultimately, taste also matters!

Green smoothieSource: Vitamix

Avocados are packed with potassium and healthy fats (heart-healthy monounsaturated fat) to keep you full. Just like kale, avocados are a great nutrient-dense food choice and their consumption helps support cardiovascular health.

They also contain slightly more potassium than bananas.

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