The Perfect Post-Workout Shake

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

The perfect post-workout shake should replenish depleted nutrients, boost recovery related hormones, and set the stage for a better workout tomorrow.   This Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake is a delicious way to deliver quality protein, carbohydrates and important micro-nutrients to your muscles for improved recovery and performance.

Cinnamon Roll Post-Workout Shake
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1-2 scoops Vitacost ARO Whey Protein Complex (Vanilla)
5 g Twinlab Creatine (unflavored)
5 g Twinlab Glutamine Powder (unflavored)
1/2 tsp. organic cinnamon
2 Tbsp. raw honey
½ cup rolled oats
8-12 oz. water
4-6 ice cubes

Place ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.

Ingredient Breakdown:

1-2 scoops Vitacost ARO Whey Protein Complex (Vanilla)

Ingesting a blend of quality proteins from a variety of sources is one of the most important aspects of post-workout nutrition. ARO Whey Protein Complex contains fast- and slow-digesting proteins from whey, casein and egg protein.

5 g  Twinlab Creatine (unflavored)

Supplementing with creatine ensures that your body restores its supplies of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body’s primary source of energy. Creatine is one of the most studied, safe and effective sports nutrition supplements on the market.

5 g  Twinlab Glutamine Powder (unflavored)

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. Adding 5 grams to your post-workout shake will ensure that your body recovers properly without breaking down excessive muscle tissue.

½ tsp. organic cinnamon

Cinnamon not only makes this shake taste like a glazed cinnamon roll, it also helps improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps shuttle nutrients into muscle tissues, further enhancing the recovery process while minimizing fat storage.

2 Tbsp. raw honey

Honey is truly a superfood, containing high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. Honey also supplies a much needed supply of fast-digesting glucose (single units of carbohydrates) for muscle recovery. Go for a raw version to ensure you get the most potent and pure form of honey.

½ cup rolled oats

Fast-digesting carbohydrates are vital for getting nutrients to the muscles quickly, but adding in a slow-burning carbohydrate source like oats to your post-workout shake guarantees that you have a steady supply of carbohydrates for several hours.