I've been toying around with recovery foods post-long run and I found my favorite. Garden Of Life Raw Protein Powder is a plant based powder made from sprouted grain protein. I try to stay away from soy protein isolate and other powders full of preservatives and other weird stuff I can't pronounce. This particular powder has a lower protein content than other powders but I'd rather be safe with what I'm eating. And it tastes fantastic - no chalky after taste and it's not overtly sweet. The only thing is that it's a bank breaker, but luckily Whole Foods had them on huge markdown, probably because no one bought them at their original price. To make the shake I add a few simple ingredients to the blender and make a smoothie that my whole family is addicted to at the moment.
Here's what you'll need:
1 scoop Garden of Life RAW protein powder
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 heaping spoonful of peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
Our neighbors have a Vitamix and I'm lucky to be able to borrow it. It's my favorite kitchen appliance at the moment. Did you know the Vitamix can heat soup? Too bad it's a $600 endeavor...
Cut the banana up and throw it in the blender with the peanut butter, agave nectar, protein powder and a handful of ice cubes. Top everything off with the almond milk and then give it a good spin. Sometimes I add yogurt to the mix which makes for a creamier snack.
I noticed that Pam Smith has a recovery drink after every run, no matter the distance. I haven't delved into the science behind that one in terms of what nutritional makeup is the best, but there are about a million ideas out there from Gatorade to coconut water. In the end I think it's about choosing what works best for you. Garden of Life protein powder sits well and tastes good, but if you're looking for something hearty than this might not be right for you. Either way, Pam's article was a good cue to me that I need to refuel right after my run and not wait an hour. I also need to refuel well. Pam Smith is on the anal side of training plans and the article gave me a little bit of a headache when I got to the air squats section, but she is clearly an inspirational runner that has something to offer to every athlete out there.
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