The recovery phase of our workouts is just as important as the working phase. The same is true with our recovery time between workouts.
Recovery allows our muscles to get stronger. During an exercise session, our muscles fibers actually tear or pull apart. It is during recovery and rest that the fibers rebuild and grow back together. If we do not allow time for the fibers to grow back together, we prevent strength gains and can increase the risk of overuse injuries.
During the recovery time it's also important to supply the body with sufficient protein to help the muscles rebuild themselves. There are millions of protein supplements, bars etc out there, many of them cost quite a bit. Here are all natural options that won't break the bank and taste good!
Protein ingredients for smoothies:
Cottage cheese, Pumpkin seeds, Tofu, Tahini, Chia Seeds, Oats, Kale, Avocado, Almonds, Hemp Seeds, Greek Yogurt, Nut butters.
Raspberry Almond Smoothie
- ⅔ c. plain Greek yogurt
- ⅔ c. almond milk
- ⅔ c. frozen raspberries
- ¼ c. almonds, divided
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/4 cup ice if desired
Optional: banana, berries, Orange juice, oats (for a more filling smoothie).
Combine all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!