Post Workout Green Smoothie


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This post workout green smoothie is my “go to” green smoothie recipe. It’s filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, collagen powder and chia seeds.

post workout green smoothie

I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this until now – it’s my “go to” green smoothie recipe! I seriously make it all the time. Now granted, I typically make green smoothies most often after working out, so it only makes sense that my “go to” green smoothie is also my “post workout” green smoothie. Either way, you’re gonna love it!

So why is this such a great post workout green smoothie? Let’s take a look…

  • It’s packed with spinach, which is full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Spinach is also a good source of protein, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds (perfect for muscle recovery).
  • It has collagen, a protein found in the connective tissues of the body (and which diminishes as we get older!). Collagen is important for supportive structure of the body, such as muscles, bones and ligaments – and prevents them from falling apart!
  • It has whey protein powder (though you can use a non-dairy version). This delivers necessary protein and amino acids for increased muscle growth.
  • It has chia seeds, which are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein – perfect for improved bone health. Additionally, chia seeds combat dehydration and studies have shown them to be on par with sports drinks for endurance events.
  • It has avocado, banana and apple – nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that provide the perfect amount of sweetness, healthy fats, energy and vitamins.

I drink many variations of green smoothies, but this version is awesome for those who need a cool drink after a long workout. And since I’ve been focusing on building muscle (which is harder to maintain as I approach 40 – eeek!) – this smoothie is power packed with the right vitamins, minerals, nutrients and essential proteins.

But if you want to make your own green smoothie from scratch, make sure to read my post on how to make the healthiest green smoothie. You might also like my clean green smoothie bowl and classic green smoothie recipe.


post workout green smoothie

post workout green smoothie

post workout green smoothie

Post Workout Green Smoothie

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 11 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Lisa Bryan


This post workout green smoothie is my "go to" green smoothie recipe. It's filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, collagen powder and chia seeds.


  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder
  • 2 tbsp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds



Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2935IU | Vitamin C: 20.3mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best green smoothie recipe, Green Smoothie, Post Workout Green Smoothie
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Hey,

    I am allergic to bananas . I don’t use Collagen Power and Protein Powder– any suggestions for a substitution?

    1. Hi Julie- You can also use ingredients such as avocado, yogurt, chia seeds, or other types of fruit!

    2. Hi Julie – just a thought for you…
      I’m type II so I don’t eat many bananas as they tend to spike my blood sugar. My go to sub is usually to sub 1/2 the required banana with avocado as Lisa mentioned and 1/2 of a berry – for this one I use blueberries for tartness, but Blackberries or raspberries will also work. You can do 100% avocado as well. I use avocados in a lot of my smoothies for creaminess.

  2. I’ve tried this recipe around 2 years ago and it has become my favorite way to make a green smoothie.
    The green apple makes everything so fresh in combination with the creaminess of the banana.
    Also, i don’t like the taste of chiaseeds but in this recipe it just works! Thank you for sharing this recipe Lisa!5 stars

    1. Hi Bernardene – You can use this smoothie as either one! Just personally depends how filled you get after it :)

  3. Hi Lisa! I just started watching your channel and I am Amazed! I just love it! And all your healthy reciep.
    Tho I have a question about this one. Is it possible to change the apple for something else without loosing the health benefits, and if so what could I change it for? (I am allergic)

  4. Thanks for sharing.
    Here’s mine:
    ~2 cups water
    1 frozen banana
    juice of 1 lemon
    ~1.5 cup frozen blueberries
    2 raw eggs
    2 tbsp vanilla whey protein
    ~2.5 cups raw spinach
    1 kale leaf
    1 tbsp flax oil
    3 tbsp hemp seeds
    After blended for about 3 mins, I top it off with water to the brim.
    A big shake for big workouts

  5. That sounds absolutely amazing especially for post workout. I will definitely try it as soon as my histamineintolerance is more under control (getting better every week though) but I’m not bold enough to try the combo banana/spinach/avocado just yet… ;)
    My fave green smoothie for the moment is, macadamia nuts/romain lettuce/peach/courgettes. I LOVE courgettes in smoothies, fresh like cucumber, but more creamy!

  6. Now THIS is a fabulous green smoothie recipe – love the mix of ingredients. Perfect post-workout fuel, for sure.