Why You NEED Protein Post-Workout

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:01 am by

Clients ask me all the time…”Do I really need protein right after a workout?” YES. The answer is absolutely yes. Why? Well when we workout, we’re essentially breaking down our muscles. In order for them to repair themselves (and grow) they need amino acids (aka protein).

There is a window of opportunity…you need to consume protein within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. You can do this by drinking a protein shake/smoothie or eating food that is rich in protein (chicken, eggs, etc). I personally do protein shakes/smoothies right after a workout, because I usually don’t have time to make a meal within that 30 minute time frame.

Here is one of my favorite post-workout protein smoothies at the moment:

Protein Smoothie

This smoothie gives your body the protein it needs post-workout AND there’s even some greens in there, too. This smoothie will have you glowing, y’all. Plus it takes like frozen yogurt. So delicious! 

So next time you wonder if you can skip your protein after working out…NO. Just no (:

xo, Jess

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  • Nina says:

    I hardly ever took protein when I was training for my half because the protein powder was so disgusting. This looks delicious though!

  • Krissy says:

    I love protein shakes after a good workout! My main confusion though is what kind of protein powder is best?!?! There are soooo many kinds/choices at grocery stores and I have no idea how to pick one to best suit my needs, as opposed to picking the one with the cutest label or lowest sugar count. Thoughts?

  • Anna says:

    Hey Jess! This is a great post! My question is how do you feel about protein bars? I get my best workout during my lunch break at an 8-5 office job. I take about an hour and a half to get a good workout in. I recently bought the Luna protein bars for women and love them, but is this a sufficient protein choice for post-workout? I’d love your thoughts!


    • Jessica says:

      Hi Anna!
      The only protein bar that I eat is Quest Bars. A lot of protein bars are packed with so much sugar and so many carbs that it’s not even worth it to me! But if you can find one that you’re okay with the ingredient list and nutrition facts then I don’t see an issue! Depending on what type of workout you’re doing (strength or endurance) you need between 18-25ish grams of protein post workout!

      xo, Jess

  • Jamie says:

    I generally hate protein powder in my smoothies, but this smoothie recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it the next time I workout

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