As a runner, putting my body through tough conditions and vigorous workouts is a normal occurrence. High intensity training means that I need to feed my body with adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins in order to recover and improve my performance.
Due to the fact that I’m currently juggling between college, work and training – finding time to make room to eat a meal every 2-3 hours becomes difficult. More so during my four hour work shifts, where eating while working is not allowed. It has been proven that your body starts to eat into muscle when you go long periods without eating. As it would not be good for my body to go four hours with no food, I had to improvise and look for a solution. The solution being smoothies! Easy to make, high in nutritional value and a quick fix when working for a long period of time. It’s also going to give you an energy boost, depending on what you put in it.
I’m now in the experimental phase of making/trying new smoothie recipes. So, luckily for you good people I can share these all with you. The good and the bad, hopefully good though! My first attempt saw me making the self-named ‘Smoothly‘ recovery smoothie (don’t judge the name!).
150ml Low-Fat Milk
25g MyProtein Cookies & Cream Protein
50g Smoothie Mix Mango, Pineapple & Papaya
50g Smoothie Mix Berries
As I am very much new to smoothie making, the nutritional information will fluctuate from time to time. Protein is very important for me in relation to recovering and muscle growth, so increasing that will come in time. These values work well for me but don’t be afraid to change the amounts in each ingredient to change the overall values of your shake to your liking. It’s very personalised, which is ideal for your needs and what you are looking for.