How can food promote recovery from workouts and injuries?
Food can play a role, as some like fruits and veggies contain antioxidants to counteract inflammation and others like refined foods may contribute to it. While eating more plant-based foods is a good step in controlling inflammation, we should not go anti-inflammatory crazy and know that inflammation is not all bad. You need some inflammation to help recover and adapt to training. Simply too much that is long lasting may lead to issues that can sideline you.
Other factors play a role too. Sleep and rest days, workout structure and overall training plan and how you cope with life stresses can also influence how your body recovers and controls inflammation.
Don’t force yourself to eat certain foods just because they’re marketed as superfoods, which basically means nutrient dense food, without developing an enjoyment for them or knowing tasty ways to include them. This vegan cocoa blueberry recovery smoothie includes a few nutritious and antioxidant rich ingredients.Print
Vegan Cocoa Blueberry Recovery Smoothie
Combining a few delicious and nutritious ingredients, this vegan cocoa blueberry recovery smoothie will be a new go-to post workout meal.
- Total Time: 5 min
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- ½ cup blueberries, frozen
- 1 banana, ripe
- 1 cup milk (almond, coconut or other non-dairy beverage)
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder, chocolate flavor brand of choice
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 tbsp nuts, chopped (Brazil nuts, almonds or walnuts)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- Add blueberries, banana, plant-based milk, chocolate protein powder, cinnamon and ginger into a food processor or blender and power on until smooth.
- Top with chopped nuts, chia seeds and shredded coconut (optional).