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The Best Post Workout Recipes


After exercise, it’s important to refuel your body and gain back those calories you lost while working up a sweat. No matter how strenuous or relaxed your workout, eating well after physical activity is highly recommended.

Complex carbohydrates and protein help encourage muscle recovery and provides your body with an energizing reboost post-workout. Keeping these essentials in mind, here are a few of our favorite recipes for after exercise:

1. Brussels Sprout Veg Smoothie
This green smoothie is loaded with vegetable-based protein, making it perfect for muscle recovery!


  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 1/2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 2 large Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1/4 of your favorite orange – peel and seeds removed
  • 1/4 avocado – peeled and seed removed


Simply place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

2. Delicious Broccoli-Grape Salad
Broccoli is loaded with protein and grapes are a complex carbohydrate! Try this salad after your next workout.


  • 2 heads fresh broccoli – cut into bite sized florets
  • 1/2 cup celery – diced fine
  • 1/2 cup green onion – sliced thin
  • 1 cup organic seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup organic seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces


Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Top with your favorite plant-based dressing and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!

3. Black Bean and Avocado Salad
This protein-packed salad makes a great post-exercise recovery meal, and it’s perfect and refreshing for summer!

Bowl of diced tomato, onion, corn, black beans Try this delicious, fresh salad after a workout!


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large tomatoes – diced
  • 2 avocados – diced
  • 1 cucumber – diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet red onion – diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro – chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt


Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat. Store in the refrigerator to set and let all flavors infuse together. Enjoy!

4. Summer Quinoa Salad
Containing fiber and digestible complex carbohydrates, this summer salad is delicious and nutritious.


For the salad:

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
  • 3 1/2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 red bell pepper – finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion – finely diced
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries – roughly chopped
  • 1-2 avocados – diced
  • 1 cup cilantro – chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons raw agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


First, place the quinoa, veggie broth and a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to a boil. After the mixture reaches a boiling point, reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer until quinoa absorbs the liquid.

Remove quinoa from heat and use a fork to fluff. Transfer to a medium bowl to cool.

To create the dressing, whisk all ingredients together.

Pour the dressing over the cooled quinoa and add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat. Enjoy!

5. Kale, Avocado and Lemon Green Smoothie
Try this tasty and refreshing post-workout drink.


  • 2 cups of chopped kale or spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 cups distilled water
  • Fiber Cleanse, B-Flax-D, or freshly ground flax seed


Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add water to perfect consistency if necessary. Enjoy!


  1. Carolyn B, Calhoun May 24, 2018

    Thanks for these refreshing recipes. Going to try the broccoli and grape salad tonite. I have the ingredients on hand. Sounds like a deal to me.

  2. I have Alopecia and severe hair loss. I have seen several people regrow hair on AIP – Paleo but none on vegan diet. I don’t like too much meat and I am torn on what approach to take.

    I have not come across any holistic dr who have regrowth hair after suffering from Alopecia.

    Any evidence this works in vegan diet? I do understand to remove the bad foods but I think there is more to be done for the hair to return.

    • Melody Hord June 22, 2018

      Hi Trina, I have worked for Hallelujah Diet for around 8 years. I have heard numerous wonderful testimonials. I do not recall any of them pertaining to alopecia. There are so many diets and protocols out there, it can be overwhelming. It seems sometimes, people just go with their heart, and try something to the best of their abilities. I believe what sets the Hallelujah Diet apart from a typical vegan diet is the emphasis on raw foods, juicing and BarleyMax. Also, HD teaches to keep fruit intake to 15% or less. It is so easy to go overboard on sweet fruit on a vegan diet, and in turn, consume excessive sugar, which can be hazardous to health. And, what I have realized over time, our diets, as important as they are, are just one piece of the puzzle to optimal health.
      Again, I have heard no comments about diet or supplements pertaining to alopecia. However, there is a lady in our office who started taking the orgono silica, and her hair looks gorgeous. She credits the silica. If you have not watched the webinar on silica, I highly recommend it. Silica is excellent for connective tissues in the body.

  3. Jennifer June 21, 2018

    Thanks for the great recipes!

  4. Annette June 22, 2018

    Thanks for the recipes! I will try the Black Bean and Avocado Salad. That looks good especially after working out and you need some healthy food. I try a lot of green smoothies. Seem like having more greens in your eating habit is more filling. Thanks again for some great recipes.

  5. Angela Solomon June 25, 2018

    Wonderful advice for post work outs, The Black Bean and Avocado Salad is something I will have to try.

  6. Connie Gesser June 27, 2018

    These are great recipes for after a work out or any time. I have made similar smoothie recipes. The salad recipe looks beautiful, colorful and delicious.

  7. Connie June 6, 2020

    Looks like delicious post workout recipes. The smoothie sounds refreshing. It is good to have some healthy dishes prepared so when you are hungry, the food is ready to eat.

  8. Annette Whitworth June 26, 2020

    These are some good recipes. I had to show my daughter the recipe for the Black Bean and Avocado Salad, she loves avocado. It looks good, I thinkI might try making it to go along with another side. Thanks

  9. Thanks for the great recipes! Eating right is important to helping replenish our bodies after a workout. The Black Bean and Avocado Salad looks amazing!

  10. What food processor do you recommend? Thank you!

  11. Love these recipes for post-workout meals and snacks.

  12. I appreciate all the health promoting recipes. Smoothies are easy to digest because the body does not have to work hard to break down the food.

    Smoothies provide good nutrition and hydration for the body.

  13. Annette Whitworth March 21, 2022

    These are some great recipes for after working out. I like to eat to drink this Kale, Avocado and Lemon Green Smoothie after my work outs, this and other healthy smoothies. I think I might trying this recipe Black Bean and Avocado Salad, it looks good.

  14. Jennifer March 22, 2022

    It’s great to know that complex carbohydrates and protein help encourage muscle recovery. Thank you for the information and the wonderful recipes.

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