This green smoothie recipe is the best of both worlds: It sneaks greens into your drink (without tasting like a salad) and it packs a protein punch that'll keep you satisfied for hours.
There are tons of benefits to adding protein powder to your smoothie: If you drink daily smoothies for breakfast, adding a good dose of protein to it can help curb your cravings and reduce your appetite for the rest of the day. Plus, it turns a regular smoothie into a perfect post-workout drink. For about 30 to 45 minutes after a workout, your muscles are primed to absorb protein and use it to rebuild and repair the micro-tears in muscle tissue that happen when you work out (both during cardio and strength training), according to John Ivy, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas. But you don't only want protein—you need a carbohydrate source to replenish your energy, according to Kristin Reisinger, M.S., R.D., a competitive figure athlete based in New Jersey.
In this green smoothie recipe, the carbs from the apricots give you energy, while the protein-filled Greek yogurt and protein powder keep you full. Swiss chard is a superpowered green that adds tons of dietary fiber and vitamins K and A—plus a sprinkling of hemp seeds will add a complete plant-based protein source as well as a omega-3 fatty acids (not to mention a little crunch). The super-blendable ingredients also make prepping it a breeze: Add water to the blender first, then chard, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
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