When the stars align and I make it out of bed early enough to squeeze in a workout (hello 5am!), I like to follow up with a nutrient-rich protein smoothie to maximize the post-workout window. We eat a low-carb paleo diet, so we try to keep the majority of our carbs in the post-workout time frame. I don't usually jump on the liquid meal bandwagon, especially first thing in the morning since it's a big insulin spike, unless I've done a good cardio workout. Here is my current favorite post-workout recipe:
Mint Mocha Protein Smoothie:
A large handful of organic spinach or kale
A handful of organic blueberries
1/2 a frozen banana
1/4 - 1/2 an organic avocado
1 T raw cacao powder
1 scoop grass-fed protein powder
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Almond milk to desired consistency
Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend well! Pour into a glass and serve with a glass or stainless steel straw.
I typically make my smoothie, then head to a quiet place for a little down time and prayer before starting the day. I like to dab a little frankincense or grounding blend on my wrist or place it in the diffuser. On the days when I need to hit the door immediately after a workout, I follow this quick three minute facial and done!