A couple summers ago, I began my love affair with The Smoothie Factory's After Workout Formula. When I came back to Bloomington in the fall and discovered the nearest Smoothie Factory was the one I had just left behind, I quickly became an addict going through withdrawals. I was left with no choice but to try to recreate the smoothie with which I had grown so attached. It took a lot of trial and error to get the proportions right, but lo and behold, I finally figured it out.
In my opinion, the After Workout Formula is so much more than a fruity, tropical protein smoothie that satisfies both your sweet tooth and need for post-exercise recovery. Mango, one of the primary ingredients, is a great source for calcium and iron (yay, bone health!) and the papaya juice is a natural anti-inflammatory. Add to that a potassium-rich banana and some nutrient packed strawberries, and you've got yourself a delicious cocktail of health benefits.
1/3 of a medium to large mango
1/2 a banana
3/8 cup fresh papaya juice
1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp turbinado (optional)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use PerfectFit)
1 to 1-1/2 handfuls of ice