After a workout you want to make sure you’re refuelling with the right foods. This usually means a balance of protein and carbohydrates to help restore blood sugars and repair and build muscle.
I personally don’t like the taste of protein powders but wanted to make sure you get a good balance of the recovery nutrients so I calculated out the exact ratios of protein and carbs for this drink.
Experts say the correct ratio for carbs post recovery is 60-90g and protein is 15-25g. I want to make sure you’re not just getting the “numbers” but other nutrients and foods that help support and heal in other ways too.
In this recipe I used Hemp as a protein source. I like hemp because it’s easy to absorb, but it also has a good Omega 6-3 ratio, including Gamma Linolenic Acid which helps post workout recovery by reducing inflammation and keeping your joints lubricated. GLA also helps keep you beautiful from the inside out and balances hormones.
Hemp also contains all 10 essential amino acids, including the Branched Chain Amino Acids touted by sports professionals around the world. It’s also high in magnesium which is nature’s muscle relaxant so can help with any muscle soreness post workout.
Iron, fibre and zinc round out this nutrition powerhouse! I used Manitoba Harvest Hemp =)
The other ingredients I used include dried oatmeal which is high in carbohydrates and protein, banana which is also high in carbohydrates, and cacao and maca which are full of antioxidants. Maca also helps to balance hormones and turns our sexy on. You can find my other Maca smoothie here. Cinnamon helps to balance your blood sugar.
Please don’t be afraid of the word “carbohydrates”. It’s been vilified in the media and with popular diets but the simple truth is we need them to perform, especially for our brain, and our muscles. It’s the right kind of carbs, and these include veggies, lentils, beans too that counts. The kind of carbs we can defo kick to the curb is anything white and processed since they don’t provide anything but a sugar rush (and weight gain!).
So, go on, get your workout on! If you’re doing more intense sports training such as triathlon training you may need to adjust your levels; this smoothie is perfect for light to moderate workouts such as yoga, pilates, power yoga, crossfit and body pump type classes.
Get the yummy recipe here —-> Sexy Power Workout Smoothie
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