Confession: when I was young, my mother made me my own pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving. Yes, my love of pumpkin runs that deep. And as much as I would love to sit down and devour an entire pie, it's a pretty bad idea. If you find it as hard as I do to turn up your nose at every pumpkin treat this season, you need this pumpkin pie smoothie recipe. Not only does it taste like the real thing, but it's also full of protein, making it a great recovery snack for your next workout!
After a long, sweaty run, you need to refuel and rehydrate fast. Whip up this quick coconut-water recovery smoothie from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who is also a spokesman for ZICO. Packed with electrolytes, protein, and carbs, this mild-tasting smoothie is delicious without being overpowering.
"It's probably my favorite recovery beverage," says Dean, who recommends you opt for pure, unsweetened coconut water for the best balance of electrolytes and sugars.
Read on to get the recipe!
You've spent 45 minutes working hard to define those muscles, so don't undo all your work with a stop at the vending machine. Satisfy your sweet tooth with nutritious post-workout snacks that calm sugar cravings while helping you replenish energy and rebuild muscles. Read on for a few of our favorites!
It's not always possible to go home after the gym to cook a healthy post-workout meal. But it's really important to eat shortly after you exercise; your metabolic rate is up and your body needs the right kind of food to restore and repair itself.
For those instances, throw one of these grab-and-go post-workout snacks in your gym bag or pick one up from the store. All of these snacks are easy to find and need little preparation to eat. They're also full of the right kind of nutrients to maximize the effort you just sweated out!
Electrolytes are essential salts that our body needs for optimum function of our cells and organs; when you sweat, your body becomes depleted in these nutrients. It's important that you replenish them because electrolytes create the electrical charges needed to regulate normal heart beats, muscular contractions, and overall healthy nerve function. While you may think hydration is key for optimal heath, too much water can dilute and flush out electrolytes in the body. Instead of loading up on electrolyte-fortified beverages, which are high in sugar and calories, opt for these healthy, wholesome alternatives. After an intense workout, be sure to mix up and munch on the following snacks that are rich in the top four essential electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium chloride.