This Post Workout Recovery Smoothie will help your body recover quickly after a tough workout!
Happy 2017! Whether working out hard is already part of your regular routine or you’ve resolved to make this your year to get in shape, it’s important to understand how to support your body before, during, and after exercise. What’s the #1 most important thing? Hydration.
I had to learn this one the hard way. I recently adding hot yoga to my workout routine. Now, I’m good about drinking enough water most of the time. (Remember the Gallon-a-Day Water Challenge?) But hot yoga brings the need for proper hydration to a whole new level. I was quickly reminded that when you’re doing strenuous exercise where you’re sweating a lot, you need even more water than normal.
A few times I headed to my hot yoga class without drinking extra water ahead of time and found out my energy level was low, my muscles wouldn’t perform at their normal level, and by the end of class I was dizzy.
Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you’re hydrating your body before you work out, keep drinking it while you’re working out, and drink even more after your workout. Seem like overkill? It’s not! If you want your body to perform at its highest level, hydration is everything.
Let’s talk for a quick minute about types of workouts. If you’re walking while chatting with friends, that’s a totally different type of workout than if you’re doing hot yoga for an hour and a half, or running 12 miles. If you’re working out for over an hour and/or sweating a lot, your body is losing electrolytes through sweat. Sports drinks are popular for replenishing electrolytes lost during strenuous exercise, but they are filled with sugar (sometimes in the form of high-fructose corn syrup) and artificial dyes. I’ve got a better option for you.
My favorite grocery store brand is Simple Truth (available at Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, QFC, King Soopers, Frys, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbers, and Smith’s), hands down. They offer a variety of healthy and natural products at affordable prices. They have a water line with electrolytes!
It comes in plain or lemon, tropical mango, mandarin orange, and blackberry blueberry. All of them have added electrolytes, so this water is the perfect way to stay hydrated during your tough workouts! And unlike sports drinks, there are no sweeteners, preservatives, carbohydrates or calories. Oh, and I did I mention it costs 1/4 the price of the national brand of electrolyte water?!
This is distilled water, so all of the impurities are removed and then electrolytes are added.
So you know you need to drink water before, during, and after workouts. But there’s more you can do to aid your body in recovering from a hard workout. I created a Post Workout Recovery Smoothie using the Simple Truth Water to help your body recovery quickly. Here’s what’s in it and why it helps:
Post Workout Recovery Smoothie Ingredients
Simple Truth Water with Electrolytes: to rehydrate and replaced electrolytes lost during exercise
Banana: Carbohydrates and potassium help muscles recover
Blueberries: High in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation which can help counteract soreness
Ginger: Also anti-inflammatory, which will help with soreness
Hemp Seeds: High in protein, which helps repair and build muscles after a workout
These ingredients work together to make a powerful post-workout recovery smoothie. It’s lightly sweet from the banana, has a little zing from the fresh ginger, and a touch of nuttiness from the hemp seeds. It’s a perfect way to help your body recover from your workout.
Getting in a good workout is only part of the healthy equation. Don’t forget to take care of your body with proper hydration!
- 1 cup Simple Truth electrolyte water (I used blueberry blackberry flavor)
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1 cup ice
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.