Post Workout Recovery Boost

I have become a dedicated fan to Robert Kennedy’s Oxygen Magazine, as I’ve picked up tons of tips, tricks and information that have helped further my continued fitness journey, not to mention others that I advise on a daily basis.

This magazine is loaded with great recipes and quick pre and post recovery shakes, and one that I know I need have my ChaLEAN® Circuits or P90X® weight training days, is a Recovery Drink.  Yes, I do usually suck down the P90X® Recovery Drink, but as luck would have it, I’m fresh out.  It’s a darn shame too.  It’s like an Orange DREAM!!

Anyway, I digress.  Typical, right?

Here’s a great recipe that I offered my own tweaks, but wanted to share the actual recipe from October’s Oxygen edition:

Peach – Ginger RECOVERY BOOST (Serves 1)

1 fresh peach (pitted and chopped; frozen works too)Peach Ginger Recovery Boost

1 ½ tsp of grated fresh ginger root

1 cup low-fat buttermilk*

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder

ICE – as much as you like

Place all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

(*To those that limit dairy in their diet, you can replace the Buttermilk with Unsweetened Coconut Milk – see nutritional info below)

Nutrients per serving (w/ Buttermilk):

Calories: 272

Total Fats: 2 grams

Saturated Fats: 1 gram

Carbohydrates: 30 grams

Sugars: 20 grams

Protein: 33 grams

What gives??  Here’s the skinny of each powerful ingredient:

Just PEACH-Y: Peaches contain powerful antioxidants that search and destroy free radicals that may exist in the body and hold harm.  Not to mention, those antioxidants aid in slowing down the aging process.  So, peaches anyone??

GINGER-Aid: Fresh ginger aids in digestion and helps to reduce that postworkout muscular pains that we all know (and love) after a grueling session with Tony Horton or your trainer.  The ginger will also suppress the inflammation of the joints and join cartilage.  Oh, and go fresh people!  NO cutting corners with the powdered stuff.  Bleeeh!

Why WHEY?: It’s a rich source of your essential amino acids, it will help improve bone health, support your immunity AND speed up muscle growth and repair!  BUT, be sure you check the labels of the kind of WHEY you try.  The cheap stuff you can find at Target, Wal-Mart even some Super Supplement stores, are loaded with fillers and artificial sweeteners.  Great rule of thumb – the less ingredients, the better.

BUTTERMILK: This source of dairy has a probiotic quality, which helps improve digestion, nutrient absorption and increase the body’s defense again disease and other ailments.

*Unsweetened COCONUT MILK: If you are like me, and really limit your dairy intake, or consume only raw dairy (Got GROK??), then you may opt for Coconut Milk.  It has become increasingly popular as it doesn’t contain dairy, but still tons of nutritional benefits.  The body needs good fats, of which we have been conditioned to think we are better off following a “low fat”, “low carb” or “sugar free” diets.  Not true.  Our bodies crave the good fats, of which Coconut Milk is rich in (good source of medium chain fatty acids or MCFAs).  Why good fats?  They are readily absorbed and digested to that the body may use it for an immediate source of energy, not stored as fat.  Additionally, MCFA’s, lauric and capric acid, are known for supporting the body’s immune system – hello cold season!!!  Here’s the skinny on the nutritional contents:

Nutritional per serving (1 cup):

Calories: 50

Total Fat: 5 grams

Saturated Fat: 5 grams

Carbohydrates: 1 gram

Sugars: 0 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Hemp Milk (as seen in the photo) is great too and has some great attributes to it as well.  Click here for your Hemp 101.

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  1. Taryn this is a great article and I am gonna have to try this. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Thanks Jay! I hope you do, and please let me know what you think!

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