After an intense workout, the last thing I want to do is whip out my blender to mix up breakfast before rushing off to work. And now I don’t have to: Trader Joe’s just came through with a Banana & Almond Butter Protein Smoothie you can grab and gulp on the go.
One bottle of the healthy protein shake—which is primarily made up of coconut water, pea protein, bananas, and almond butter—contains 320 calories, 21 grams of fat, 5 grams fiber, 12 grams of sugar (none added), and 14 grams of plant-based protein, making it a prime RD-approved option to sip post-workout.
“This drink could be a good choice for when you’re on the go and need a quick meal. You get a filling combination of plant protein, fiber, and healthy fats from the almond butter and pea protein,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “The banana provides additional fiber and electrolytes, and the main ingredient—coconut water—offers additional electrolytes, which you lose through sweat and need to replenish after a sweaty workout. One serving also provides 15 percent of the daily value of the electrolyte potassium.”
According to Gorin, if you’re hoping to fuel up after your workout, grab this shake and a cup of berries for some additional carbs and finish both within 30 minutes to two hours after exercise. “After a harder workout, your muscles will take in larger amounts of protein and carbs in the hours following your workout,” she explains. You’ll feel energized and ready to take on the day.
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