Who loves to work up a sweat? And by working up, I mean exercising. Yes, the good stuff that gets your heart rate going and makes you feel GOOD. That moment when my alarm clock goes off ridiculously early is ALWAYS outweighed by how good I feel after exercising and I can easily say I never regret it. Post exercise nutrition is as important as the exercise itself and I recently wrote an article for the awesome Unit Nine on refuelling and created this unbelievably creamy and yummy Cacao Post-Workout Smoothie (I’m actually addicted!!).
There are three key areas that are important to focus on after exercising. Restoring electrolytes and fluid (lost when we sweat), replenishing fuel that has been used during training and protein intake to help restoration and synthesis of muscle and you can read my full article here. The Sweat Tribe Smoothie has got you covered for all three and if you need motivating to exercise, this can be your reward. I promise you its good.
Electrolytes – Bananas, avocado, nut butter and cacao are fantastic sources of potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. Just one tablespoon of cacao alone gives you 15% of your daily magnesium requirements which is great for helping to relax those tired muscles.
Fuel – Carbohydrates are an essential part of post exercise nutrition and bananas, avocado, nut butter and soy are all boosting the carbohydrate intake in this recipe.
Protein – This smoothie packs in approximately 15g of protein per serving helping to repair and rebuild your muscles. Sources of protein in this recipe come from soy milk, nut butter, banana (yes, there is 1.7g protein in a medium sized banana) and cacao powder.
Let me know if you give this a try and love it as much as I do..
Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.