I always knew “No stopping with One” was a temporary name, but I hadn’t been inspired by a new one until this morning. My friend and I had a Sunday morning brainstorming walk. Talk about multi tasking to it’s finest. Relaxed with a good friend, burned some calories, and finally came up with a new name- “Berry Happy Bodies”. I guess it goes to show you- two brains are better than one at times . Special thanks to my friend for her inspiration!!!
Why berries? In certain groups blueberries, specifically, are known as a super food. They provide anitoxidants, phytoflavinoids, and not to mention vitamin C for muscle recovery. You will also get energy from the carbs and and natural fruit sugars, all while being low in calories. Try them frozen in a drink- I’ve got a good one I will post soon.
So how can you use this amazing food for your body? In a workout recovery snack. Why should you have a snack following a workout? Allrighty then, here comes the Body Tip. If you performed a cardio workout you burned carbs and depending on the intensity you broke down muscle. If you strength trained you still tapped into your glycogen storage, but more importantly you broke down muscle. If you do not refuel your body immediately or within 60 minutes, you will risk being super fatigued and sore, not to mention your body will have nothing to help it recover so you can receive the benefits of your hard work. Whatever you eat will go to your muscles to help with repair and your glycogen stores (perfect for you runners). Note of caution: do not go crazy here, 100-200 calories of a complex carb and protein depending on the intensity of your workout, will work perfectly. Again, you don’t want to ruin your hard work so now’s not the time to splurge on a cupcake or huge burrito because you worked out. K, enough said.
Here is an example of the perfect recovery snack. It is a great ratio of protein and carbs. Protein from yogurt, and a powdered rice protein. carbs from berries, banana, and granola. In this pic the serving size is on the bigger side, but I was actually using it for a post workout lunch.
1 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup non fat plain yogurt
scoop of Protein Powder
1 tbsp wheat germ
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp stevia (optional)
5-6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a blender and make some noise. After blended pour into bowl and sprinkle with granola and dried or raw fruit. Enjoy!