Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate is the mantra we all chant when it comes to getting our workout on – but what about after? Is there a drink we can imbibe that will help our body recover faster than just plain old H20? Find out the best mixes and combinations to help your whole body feel good.
Chocolate milk actually can be good for you! Milk has double the carbohydrates and protein than any other sports drink. It helps muscles recover fast too. Milk might not be your ideal drink, it is true that it isn’t for every workout. Low-impact workouts won’t need all the carbs that milk will give back to the body. This drink is best for high endurance fitness. Cyclists, long-distance runners and swimmers will get the best benefits from this easy to make beverage.
Adding more protein to your day benefits your whole body. It gives you added energy and helps you feel full longer. Try one of these shakes for a protein boost.
- Berry-Grape Smoothie: The grape skin lets your body absorb the other ingredients in this drink. Full of potassium, 23 grams of protein, antioxidants and Vitamin C this drink will get you going. Blend 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1- 1 1/2 cup seedless red or purple grapes, ½ cup blueberries, 1 tsp. flaxseed oil, and ½ cup water.
- Peachy-Green Smoothie gives you the combination of fruits and vegetables to start your day right, especially post-workout. Blend 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp. flaxseed (ground), 2 cups kale, ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1 cup frozen peaches, ½ -1 whole banana, and 1 cup almond milk.
- Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie is like a little extra treat after all your hard work. Containing 40 grams of protein it recharges your body with all the necessary and healthy carbs and fat after a really strenuous training session. Blend 1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese, 2 tbsp. peanut butter, and 1 cup ice.
After the Barre
If you are more of a Ballet Barre girl, like hot yoga or get your cardio from a dance workout then you need something that hydrates and has protein. It’s a different set of ingredients that does that body good.
- Beet-Carrot Juice is a great way to lower your blood pressure and cool the body down after a session in hot yoga. Juice 1-2 beets with greens, 2-3 carrots, 1 inch piece of ginger, ½ (peeled) lemon, and 1 red apple.
- Kale-Apple-Almond Smoothie helps you focus on bone health which is just what your body needs after a barre class. Blend 1 cup kale, ½ green apple, juice from ½ lemon, ½ cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 1 cup ice.