Go Bananas For These Three Workout Recovery Recipes

Go Bananas For These Three Workout Recovery Recipes

When you train hard, your body needs the right fuel to recover. You need to replenish key nutrients to get the best out of your workouts and keep your body performing. One fruit happens to be a great choice for post-workout recovery… the banana! Bananas have high carbs that quickly refill your body’s stores and potassium to prevent cramping. The high-fiber yellow fruits can be an easy way to refuel after your trip to the gym - try one of these easy banana-based recovery recipes next time you’re looking to refuel!

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Banana Pancakes

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oats, blended into a fine powder
  • ¼ cup protein powder
  • Dash of cinnamon

Combine mashed bananas, eggs, oats, and protein powder in a bowl. Add a dash of cinnamon to the mixture if desired. Once well mixed, heat a pan or skillet on the stove over medium heat and grease with oil or butter. Pour a large spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the pan and cook until bubbles form, a little over a minute. Flip the pancake and cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat until mixture is used up. Enjoy!

Double-Decker Banana Sandwich

  • 3 slices of whole wheat bread
  • Peanut butter
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • Honey
  • ½ tbs chia seeds
  • Sea salt

Toast two slices of bread. Spread a layer of peanut butter on one slice and sprinkle half of your chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt over the peanut butter. Layer banana slices over the peanut butter, drizzle lightly with honey and place the second slice on top. Repeat the peanut butter and banana layer on top of this second slice. Toast the third slice of bread and place on top - you now have double-decker deliciousness. Option: make this sandwich in a panini press for a toasty handheld treat.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ah, the classic post-workout smoothie. When you’re in a hurry to get to the office or need something cold to cool down, there’s nothing better than a quick smoothie. Try this smoothie combination (and toss in your favorite add-ins) for a refreshing way to refuel.

  • 1 banana, cut into large chunks and frozen
  • 1/2 cup milk (or plant-based milk)
  • 3 large strawberries, sliced (frozen or thawed)
  • Small handful of spinach
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • Protein powder (optional)
  • Agave for sweetness (optional)

Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk to thin the smoothie if necessary. Pour into a glass and sip!

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Whether you’ve just finished sprints at the track, a long hike, or a quick morning cycling session, use nature’s recovery fruit to your advantage with one of these post-workout recipes. Share your favorite recipes with us at #chaseadventure!