recovery food

25th April 2010

Recently I have been increasing the intensity and length of my training sessions, whether it be a run or a resistance workout, and there is always the immediate need for a quick recovery snack.   Over the years, I have experimented with various ‘high protein’ powders of which are inevitably expensive and full of  ‘extra unwanted additives’.  Also, the taste leaves a lot to be desired.  Over the last month, I have been experimenting and trying to come up with a natural alternative that tastes great.  And, finally I have, plus it is relatively inexpensive, depending on the quality of your ingredients.   I opt for organic products.  It is, of course, the smoothie.  Nothing new, but with all natural ingredients, it becomes a perfect post-exercise drink for replacing energy and aiding muscle recovery.

post-workout smoothie

ingredients :

a handful of ice cubes

1 cup soy/skimmed milk (organic)

1 banana

handful blueberries (frozen or fresh)

2 Tblsp natural organic yoghurt (sugar-free and no additives)

2 Tbsp natural soy whey protein powder (Aim for natural, with no other additives.  I buy mine from a health food shop where it is stocked in bulk.  If buying pre-packaged, read the label to ensure you are not getting and paying for anything nasty)

preparation :

 Add ice cubes to blender.  Crush lightly first.  Add all other ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  The crushed ice makes it quite a thick smoothie, but if you prefer a liquidy consistency, lessen or omit the ice cubes.  Makes enough for 2 medium sized glasses.

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