I felt unstoppable last night! Both J and I agreed that yesterday’s evening run was invigorating, fun and flew by, whereas last week was kind of “meh”. (I honestly think the thought of vegan chili bubbling away in my crock-pot was a compelling force to make my legs go faster). I learned from my mistakes from last week: not properly fueling up beforehand and drinking enough water during the day. This time I chowed down on a Picky Bar while frantically whipping up my chili – I didn’t want to keep J waiting!
I am trying these bars out after reading about the 4:1 carbohydrate: protein ratio for properly refueling your body after long and vigorous endurance sports. They are touted to be good “before” and “after.” (I highly encourage everyone to do their own research and be informed, as I am not a sports nutritionist. Bottom line: 4:1 was found in at least one study to be an optimal ratio for replenishing the glycogen stores in your muscles after long, endurance exercise sessions. As I understand it, that ratio is a good place to start but not scientifically proven as “THE BEST” beyond a shadow of a doubt. I’m a big believer in “you do you”: do what’s right for YOUR body. Want more info? This article on Runner’s World is pretty helpful: http://m.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/is-chocolate-milk-really-best-for-recovery). All I know for sure about these bars is that they taste pretty great and have a fun name (which may or may not have been a factor in me purchasing them). Between the water, appropriate pre-run fuel and eating enough during the day, I felt like Hermes (or Mercury, or the dude with wings on his sandals in Greek Myth)! Ba-bam!
After the run, I was expecting to walk into my abode and serve myself a pipin’ hot bowl of chili but alas – I had forgotten to turn the crock-pot on high, and the butternut squash was still pretty firm. Well, $*%@! To tide me over, I made a pretty basic but immensely tasty smoothie.
Berry Booyah Smoothie
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
Enough almond milk to cover the fruit (You can change this based on how thick you prefer your smoothies, I like mine thick!)
Blend until smooth.
It’s SOOOOOO good. I get excited on days I lift and get to “bro it up” with a protein smoothie after my workout. I used to be so weirded out by protein powder, but you can’t even tell it’s not just fruit and almond milk in there! Mmmm!
I hope you all get out there and enjoy your day and have the same “omg, my feet have wings!” feeling that I had yesterday. 🙂
*A note on bananas: I buy bananas every week, and as bananas do, they get all spotty and weird after awhile. I’m not a fan of mushy ones, so I began saving the spotty ones that I prefer not to eat fresh and freeze them. All you do is peel the banana and stick it in a ziploc freezer bag or airtight container and stick it in the freezer. Now you’ve got yourself a start to many delicious treats: vegan ice cream, smoothies, banana bread, pancakes…the list is endless. It saves me from throwing SO many bananas out every week and I’ve found they really do come in handy!