Refuel Like a Plant-Based Olympic Athlete
The Olympics are in full swing and along with that comes immense inspiration from watching world class athletes perform. In a single moment, you can witness years of hard work, passion, and dedication pay off. I get even more excited when I find out that some of these athletes are vegan and credit their fully plant-based diet with allowing them to accomplish more, perform better, and stay focused longer. This is pretty exciting and another example of how caring about what you put into your body can have a much bigger effect on your life than just physical benefits.
If the Rio games have inspired you to challenge yourself physically (whether that’s lifting heavier weights at the gym, trying out a new sport, or running a mile further), you’re going to want to refuel tired muscles after your workout. That’s where this ridiculously delicious post-workout recovery smoothie comes in. It’s a good mix of healthy carbs and protein to start restoring glycogen for your post-workout muscles. It’s also easily digestible, minimally processed, and will help to replenish your water supply.
Cherry Almond Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp gluten-free vegan protein powder (I like Vega)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- stevia (to taste) (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth.
If you’re with me and are inspired by the amazing athletes in Rio, I challenge you to see what you can do with plant-based food fueling your workouts. You might be amazed by just how much your performance, focus, and energy is effected!
Another tasty plant-based post recovery option: