When it comes to working out, recovery is important. Recovery doesn’t just mean taking a break; it includes a variety of support including stretching, sleeping, hydrating and refueling with healthy food. This where anti-inflammatory foods are your friend; they can help speed up the recovery process and reduce inflammation and soreness in your body. Intense exercise creates oxidative damage in the body – a normal process that you have support for if you treat yourself correctly. An easy vehicle for recovery foods includes my Calming Smoothie for Runners.
Calming anti-inflammatory foods packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can be ingested after workouts. Balance nutrients with carbohydrates and protein and be sure to hydrate. Include nutrient-rich sources including berries, green vegetables, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, whole grains and spices such as turmeric and cinnamon. These foods provide support for the body by restoring cellular health and quenching free radicals.
My favorite thing about this calming smoothie for runners is all the spices! Add cinnamon, freshly ground ginger and turmeric for a complexity of flavor unique to this beverage. When you get finished with an intense workout, nothing is more nourishing and calming that a cold, frothy fruit smoothie. Enjoy!
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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