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Recovery Smoothie

RECOVERY SMOOTHIE

Your body needs protein for repair, quality carbs to replenish glycogen (choose foods rich in magnesium and potassium that are necessary for nerve and muscle contraction) after a workout.  I love this recovery smoothie and often drink it after an exercise session to help replenish and refuel. What I love about this smoothie is that you blend the whole fruit, so you get a good dose of plant based fibre that will help keep you full, help lower cholesterol and stabilise blood glucose levels.

 

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:

Oranges + pineapples  are jam packed with B group vitamins including thiamine (B1) and B6, which are vital for energy metabolism and nerve function. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion which allows your body to utilise immune boosting amino acids effectively.  Combine with Healthy Chef protein which is high in BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids). Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue and improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing. Bananas are a great source of potassium that helps to regulate muscle contraction and fluid balance in the body. They also add thickness and creaminess to this smoothie that will satisfy with every mouthful.

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (Serves 1)

2 whole oranges, peeled and chopped
1 banana or 1 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons protein powder

 

method

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy.
+ notes & inspiration +

Add 1/2 teaspoon organic matcha green tea powder or Natural Immune Support to boost antioxidants + recovery.

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