Today I really pushed myself to get in a couple of extra miles on a morning run and, boy, are my legs feeling it! I’m sure you know exactly what I mean; a mix of energy depletion, dehydration, fatigue and muscle soreness? Yup, you know the score. And if you’re anything like me (age 40+), muscle recovery can take a bit longer than those spry young-guns that seem to zoom past us when we least expect it!
In any case, it’s becoming common knowledge amongst athletes and fitness buffs that a plant-based diet is the way to go in order to achieve quicker recovery times between workouts. I guess I have no choice since I’m vegan anyway 😉 And since I’m pretty active; cycling and running (40/50ish miles a week) I pretty much need to be eating clean, mostly raw, whole foods throughout the day.
On most workout days, whether they be cardio or strength training, I fuel up with a Vega Sport smoothie afterward. It’s basically got all the components a high performance athlete would need after giving it their all. Those components mainly being: Protein (from sprouted whole grain brown rice, pea, alfalfa, and SaviSeed), Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids. It’s really a “power-trio” of natural, plant-based ingredients that get working on both repairing and building new muscle tissue.
I curated some other fine ingredients (Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Banana and Cantaloupe) to aid in hydration, electrolyte replenishment, anti-inflammation and good digestion. Not to mention plenty of good Fat, Complex Carbohydrates, Potassium and Fiber!
If you’re an athlete seeking out a well balanced post-workout meal…you’re looking at it. Now all you have to do is make it and drink it!
10 oz Coconut Water
1 Cup Fresh Coconut Meat (or Coconut Manna)
1 Cup Cantaloupe
1 serving Vega Sport Vanilla Performance Protein
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high setting until smooth. If desired, adjust texture with filtered water or ice. Garnish with shredded Coconut and Ground Cinnamon (optional). Drink 45 minutes after workout.