⚠Caution! MAJOR Post-Workout Protein Inspo Ahead ⚠
Seriously, girl. Your day’s about to get a whole (matcha) latte better with this post-workout protein-packed goodness!
Isn’t Protein a Dude Thing?
OMG. No! I totally thought this when I first started getting in shape, too, so I completely relate. Only bros with their protein shaker attached to their hip at all freakin’ times are the ones who needed protein after a workout, right? (I also half thought they did it just to look cool… and I’m still not convinced this isn’t a factor. ?)
But really, here’s the deal, babe! Your body NEEDS protein all the time. Especially when you’re trying to build muscle. ?
When you workout, you make microscopic tears in your muscle tissue. Don’t be alarmed. This is all part of getting stronger. When those tears repair, your muscle is stronger than it was before. But in order to repair, you need to fuel your muscles with protein. This is especially important in the first hour after working out.
Your goal número uno post-workout (after you finish stretching!) is to provide your body with an immediate fuel source to prevent it using your own muscle tissue for energy. Consuming protein will help repair muscle and encourage muscle growth.
Save a Shake. Drink a Latte.
I love me a good protein shake, don’t get me wrong. But I also love to switch it up! So I’m sharing my new fave green drank: a Protein Matcha Latte!
Protein Matcha Latte
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Matcha
- 1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
- 2 cups almond milk
- Monk fruit sweetener to taste
- Heat almond milk on the stove
- Pour almond milk into a blender with other ingredients
- Blend for 15-30 seconds to combine and add froth (you could just shake up or use a whisk to combine all the ingredients, but I swear the blender just makes it frothy-delicious… like coffee shop good!)
- Get your fancy on and top with some edible flowers (these are my faves right now) and enjoy!
More than “just” Protein
The beauty of this beauty ? is that it’s packed with more than protein. Protein is amazing and super necessary, duh. But there’s so much more to love about this latte. Lemme break it down for you:
- Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Matcha is seriously the best on the market. They’re my go-to protein and the fact that they now make matcha, too? ? Life.Complete.
- Matcha is so freakin’ good for you! We did a whole post on this a while back but what I wanna highlight is that matcha has l-theanine which is the amino acid that helps give you that “calm alertness” that matcha drinkers always brag about. Basically, you get the high of caffeine without getting buzzy or crashing. Perfect for a morning pick-me-up before heading out for the day!
- Ashwagandha. Uh, speaking of more amazingness that we gushed over recently. This natural stress relieving, thyroid supporting, memory & immunity boosting, blood sugar balancing… well, we could go on and on about this adaptogen. And we have. Check it out here.
Get Your Latte On!
The Spring Slim Down Week 2 vid just dropped (below if ya missed it), and is the perf way to get your sweat on before enjoying this delish protein-packed-goodness!
But don’t forget! Before you sweat it out, make sure to get in your pre-workout fuel. And why settle for something bland when we shared the prettiest fuel out there!? Check it out here. Yummmmm.
A pretty pre-workout, a great sweat sesh, and a gorg-delish protein-perfectly-caffeinated-latte after? You’re going to be UNSTOPPABLE today, girlfriend!!!