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.
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.
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 :-)
Naomi Osaka's Post-Workout Smoothie
- 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
- 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.