Fueling up after a tough workout is essential, especially if your goal is adding lean muscle and/or shedding fat (and whose isn’t!?). A postworkout smoothie or shake is an easy way to get some quick nutrition without a lot of prep.
These eight drinks offer plenty of protein to promote muscle protein synthesis and aid in recovery, and as a bonus, each contains a super ingredient that will accelerate the healing process and get you back to the gym faster. Drink up!
Super Ingredient: Ginger
A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that ginger helps reduce inflammation postworkout and assists in accelerating recovery in muscle strength—good news for hard-hitting athletes.
A study in The Journal of Pain found that taking 1½ teaspoons of fresh ginger daily can reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) up to 25 percent.