I am recovering from runner’s knee and was inspired to bring up the topic of inflammation and anti-inflammatory superfoods. Particularly, 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 workout recovery smoothie recipe includes blueberries, a hint of cocoa and just a few other nutritious and antioxidant rich ingredients. I call it a “blue velvet” smoothie, because it’s reminiscent of red velvet (cake) and it’s blue.Print
Blue Velvet Berry Workout Recovery Smoothie Recipe
vegan cocoa blueberry workout recovery smoothie recipe, an antioxidant-rich drink or bowl great for post-workout meal, inflammation and injury recovery.
- Total Time: 5 min
- Yield: 1 serving
- 1/2 to 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 to 2 fresh ripe bananas
- 1/2 to 1 cup plant-based milk of choice (to desired drink or bowl consistency)
- 1 scoop of plant-based protein powder of choice (optional)
- 2 tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp iodized salt
- chopped nuts (Brazil nuts, almonds or walnuts)
- chia seeds
- shredded coconut
Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend or food process to combine until smooth. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!