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Protein for Recovery

Posted May 03 2012 10:36am
Remember Tuesday's hardcore hill workout ?

I'm still a little sore (especially my butt muscles.. Why is my butt stiff from running hills?), though not as bad as I though I would be. Immediately post-workout I
  1. Put on my trusty compression sleeves - no messin' around here!

    3. Made a protein shake (with even more Chocolate milk... Yummers!)
Sorry... I didn't take a pic of the actual shake, it was too good and I inhaled that bad boy like it was going to grow legs and run away. It tasted like a 50's diner milkshake... I want one right now :-)

I'm trying to work more protein into my diet, especially as I get into training for my first marathon and increasing my mileage. Protein is super-important for muscle repair and recovery.

That was the first protein shake I've ever made and I'm officially addicted. I bought these little trial size packets at Sobeys to test them out - I've been wanting to buy protein powder for a while now and I HATE that most companies don't make trial sized packets of protein powder. I'm too broke to spend $60 on a giant tub of the stuff only to find out that it tastes like chaulk and I'd rather eat the carton. I was pumped when I found these for $1.99 each.

I used the chocolate one in my protein shake and it was (to my great surprise) delicious. No chaulky grainy taste, just goodness.
Here's what I put in my smoothie (which I bedrudgingly shared with Ryan... Sharing is caring.)
* I would have added some greek yogurt too for some extra protein, but I discovered that we were out. Sad face!

Drink your protein shake within 30-60 minutes of finishing a hard workout for optimal benefit!

Another protein-filled snack I'm loving lately = soy nuts

  • Soy nuts contain 11 grams of protein per ounce - excellent for muscle repair post workout
  • According to the FDA, eating soy nuts can help lower cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels
  • 2 ounces of soy nuts contains 26% of your daily vitamin K (essential for heart health and blood function), 28% of your daily folic acid (important for expectant mamas!) and 12% of your daily iron
  • Soy nuts are also a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
  • A 2 ounce serving of soy nuts contains 4 grams of fibre
 Conclusion: Soy is pretty much awesome and you should eat it.

I've discovered that soy nuts taste fantastic tossed in popcorn seasoning. It makes a super easy snack to take to work or on the go.

What's your favourite protein-filled snack?

Do you use protein powder? What kind would you recommend to a protein powder newbie?

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