Sunday, November 25, 2012

0 All-Natural Watermelon-Coconut Sports Recovery Drink

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I'm happy to announce that, about a week ago, the final draft of The Vegan Athlete manuscript went off to the printers! In honor of this event, I'm going to post a special sports recovery drink recipe from the book, just for all of you athletes out there. :)

This super-effective recovery drink has got all the bases covered: It’s rich in Omega 3’s, zinc, and powerful antioxidants that help reduce post-exercise inflammation, as well as essential electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, both of which are key to post-exercise recovery. It also contains the recommended 4:1 carbs to protein ratio to replenish glycogen stores and repair muscle. The fruits in this drink also naturally have a low glycemic load (GL), which not only stabilizes one’s blood sugar and increases one’s energy level, but is also helpful for losing pounds and maintaining one’s weight. When an athlete consumes low GL foods, they are slowly digested and metabolized, which provides a sustained source of energy for muscles. For maximum effectiveness, be sure to consume this drink within the first 15-20 minutes after a workout.

All-Natural, Watermelon-Coconut Sports Recovery Drink

1/4 c. pitted medjool dates
1/2 c. seedless watermelon, rind removed and sliced into small chunks
1/8 c. red raspberries
1/8 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 c. coconut water
1/2 c. green tea, brewed and then chilled*
1 c. organic, unsweetened soy milk

Directions: Place all solid ingredients into the blender and pulse until just combined. Then add liquids and pulse until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and cover with lid. Store in fridge and use throughout the week for post-exercise recovery. For maximum effectiveness, consume within the first 15-30 minutes after a workout.

Yield: 3 c.

Chef's Notes: *I recommend using Salada Green Tea with Purple Antioxidants, which provides extra antioxidants and also naturally enhances the drink’s flavor and reddish-pink color.

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