from Nutrion and Wellness Solutions by Heather Fink, MS, RD, CSSD
Regardless of training regimen, weekly mileage or race goals, a common question from athletes is “What is the best thing to eat for recovery?” This question is closely followed by “What can I make that is quick and easy?” The answer to both of these questions is homemade smoothies! Many athletes think a recovery beverage needs to come in the form of a powder or bottled drink. I’d like to encourage you to consider making your recovery beverages solely from whole food products. The result will be a delicious, nutritious and inexpensive way to recover fully from your workouts.
EASY! One of the best things about smoothies is that they are very easy to prepare. A traditional blender, Ninja, Magic Bullet or Vitamix will make excellent recovery shakes. Making a smoothie is as simple as adding all the ingredients, blending for a short time, and then pouring the shake into your favorite glass.
DELICIOUS! Many smoothies are made with fruits, which make them sweet and delicious! However, smoothie recipes can be developed to cater to your taste preferences. Experiment with different kinds of ingredients to discover the most scrumptious concoction for you. At the end of this article, you will find two of my favorite smoothie recipes that are nutritionally ideal as recovery beverages. I have also been enjoying lots of green smoothies – shakes made with something green such as spinach, kale or swiss chard. Check out SimpleGreenSmoothies.com for tons of great recipes!
NUTRITIOUS! Homemade smoothies can be extremely nutritious. Based on the ingredients added, these refreshing beverages can also provide the nutrition building blocks for quick recovery from workouts.
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