“Don’t give up. Especially after you’ve finished.” Athletes often get caught up in the distracting excitement and satisfaction of reaching the finish line and consequently often neglect post-race nutrition. Refueling and rehydrating after a race can significantly decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time, leaving you stronger and ready to tackle your next run. To realize these benefits, aim for consuming between 60-80g of carbohydrate and 15-20g of protein within 30-60 minutes of completing your run. Taking in sufficient carbohydrates will replenish glycogen stores, while protein intake will reduce exercise-induced muscle damage, build new muscle and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Timing is everything, so if you don’t have a post-race meal prepared in advance or you’re far away from your kitchen, consider a protein shake added to milk or juice to get the nutrients you need quickly and conveniently. Doing so will also help with fluids lost
Vegan Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- 1 cup of Berries (Strawberries or raspberries, whatever you preference is).
- 1 teaspoon Chocolate Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Flax (preferably ground).
- 1/4 cup of oats
- 2 scoops of Gnarly Vegan
Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you need a smaller serving, ingredients can be cut in half.Nutrition info:
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