Reaching for a smoothie just might be the perfect post-exercise pick me up and ideal breakfast on the go! Not only are smoothies tasty, they pack a powerful nutritious punch.

After an exhausting workout, your body and muscles should be exhausted and smoothies have the ability to help your body rebuild and come back stronger the next time you sweat! Having a smoothie post-workout can also help keep blood sugar stable and keep the munchies away later in the day while delivering a much needed dose of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

You should aim to have your smoothie within 30-45 minutes after your workout is complete. Sipping on a smoothie during this time window can help keep sore muscles at bay and give you a renewed sense of energy to tackle the day.

On the flip side, smoothies can be a healthy breakfast option. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, when it comes to smoothies for breakfast, think of them as a meal. Smoothies are quick and easy and you can even freeze ingredients in your freezer ahead of time like banana, blueberries, strawberries and kale (to name a few) and toss them in the blender last minute, and have it on the go.

It is important to take a look at the ingredients you choose to use in your smoothie. As a staple, you need to include fiber and protein in any smoothie. Protein and fiber will fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied longer, while protein will also aid in recovery and repair of your muscles. This means you can add a nut butter or protein powder for that protein boost (or even both). Adding spinach, kale, banana, dates, and apple to your smoothie will help boost your fiber intake, among other fruits and veggies, as well as oats or quinoa (remember there are two types of fiber). Feel free to top your tasty smoothie off with chia seeds or any other ingredient you might desire like walnuts or flax seed.

If you are looking for the perfect smoothie post-workout or just don’t have the time to whip up a healthy breakfast at home, RiPT’s Fresh Bar has you covered! Stop in and fuel up with one of our signature smoothies today!