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I Tried Naomi Osaka’s Post-Workout Smoothie but Still Didn’t Win Any Grand Slams

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I Tried Naomi Osaka’s Post-Workout Smoothie but Still Didn’t Win Any Grand Slams

A delicious post-match or post-workout smoothie that’s loaded with potassium and calcium which are great for helping sore muscles recover quickly!

A delicious post-match or post-workout smoothie that's loaded with potassium and calcium which are great for helping sore muscles recover quickly!
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I used to do this thing when I was younger where, as soon as movie credits started cascading down the screen, I’d pretend I had transformed into my favorite character from the film (badass gymnast Haley Graham in Stick It, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen). That’s why I was slightly disappointed when I didn’t magically emulate tennis powerhouse Naomi Osaka after I gave her post-workout smoothie a taste test. I mean, I’d done the prep work and everything — even lifted my way through an early-morning 30-minute strength sesh before hitting the court.

Alas, I didn’t gain the agility, speed, and competitiveness that Osaka showcases on the court. Nor did said tennis court have a trophy waiting for me by the net. What I did get, though, was a pretty damn good smoothie.

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After Osaka sweats it out, she makes her post-workout smoothie that consists of spinach, cucumber, ginger, pineapple or apples (or both), lemon juice, BodyArmor Lyte (either Coconut or Tropical Coconut), and, of course, protein powder. I actually found BodyArmor Lyte in those flavors and more on Amazon and chose the Tropical Coconut.

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When blended, the smoothie tastes fresh from the greens, tropical from the coconut and pineapple, and somewhat sweet. The only two flavors of protein powder I had on hand was chocolate and vanilla bean, so I used the latter in the smoothie. Let’s just say that neither of those flavors would be good for that. So, I went out and got some flavorless protein powder and made the smoothie again, and this time, it turned out great. I could really taste the freshness from the fruits and veggies.

I tried and tried again with the perseverance, I dare say, of Osaka. She knows how to rally after a loss. After all, she was the first woman since 1994 to come back after losing the first set of a US Open final. I’ll simply toast to her with this post-workout smoothie :-)

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Naomi Osaka's Post-Workout Smoothie

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A delicious post-match or post-workout smoothie that's loaded with potassium and calcium which are great for helping sore muscles recover quickly!
Category Post-Match
Category Post-Match Smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie
Calories 286kcal

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup packed spinach (the more the better)
  • ½ cup cucumber diced
  • handful apple slices or pineapple chunks (my handful included equal amounts of BOTH)
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 8 oz. BodyArmor Lyte Coconut or Tropical Coconut (I used the Tropical Coconut flavor)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder of your choice (I prefer an unflavored protein powder)
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger (a thick piece, peeled)
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Cut up the cucumber, apples, and pineapples and place them in the blender.
  • Add ginger (I just cut off about a 1-inch piece of raw ginger and peeled it) and spinach.
  • Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon, and add the BodyArmor and protein powder. Lastly, add ice.
  • Blend everything until combined evenly.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

The nutrition facts will vary depending on what protein powder you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 16ozCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 43.4gProtein: 26.9gSaturated Fat: 2.1gSodium: 310mgPotassium: 703mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 35.5gCalcium: 296mgIron: 11mg
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