Exercise results in body tissue breakdown so post-exercise nutrition is vital and that's where our Protein Recovery Smoothies come in.
Post-exercise nutrition is vital for the following reasons:
- To repair & build muscles
- To replenish muscle and liver glycogen stores
- To rehydrate
- To lower Cortisol levels – inhibiting protein breakdown
Njinga advocates Protein Recovery Smoothies be consumed within 15 minutes of exercise as the body is more receptive to the absorption of the vital nutrients and will lead to a quicker recovery.
Read on to find out the top 5 benefits of our Recovery Smoothies.
THE BENEFIT OF PROTEIN RECOVERY SMOOTHIES AFTER EXERCISE
1. REPAIRS YOUR MUSCLES
During a tough workout your muscle fibres are put under a lot of pressure and as a result, begin to sustain damage. In order to repair and rebuild your muscle fibres you need protein which encourages healthy recovery and muscular growth.
2. FASTER RECOVERY
Protein powder is high in nutrients and also contains a low number of calories. After exercise, your body needs that nutrition to aid its recovery, whilst the low calories and ‘liquid meal’ make the smoothie easier to digest and quicker to absorb.
3. SPEEDS UP DELIVERY OF OXYGEN TO YOUR MUSCLES
We add to the Njinga Recovery Smoothie raw cacao which is full of antioxidants and natural levels of caffeine. This helps to widen and relax your blood vessels so that your blood can distribute oxygen more effectively through your muscles.
4. PREVENT MUSCLE SORENESS
We also add bananas to the smoothies, which are a source of potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps to prevent post-workout cramps and soreness.
5. REPLACES LOST CARBOHYDRATES
The protein in the Recovery Smoothies helps increase the rate at which muscles absorb the carbohydrates. The natural sugars in fruits will help restore glycogen levels in the muscles and replace these lost carbs.
At Njinga we use vegan protein so there are no adverse effects on people’s stomachs. The recovery smoothies are suitable for people with intolerances/allergies. They contain no additives, preservatives, dairy, gluten, or soya. However, we do use almond milk to make them so if you are allergic to nuts these will not be suitable.
Njinga's chocolate bananas Protein Recovery Smoothies are perfect to help you refuel and recovery after exercise and are proven to help you recover faster and actually gain more strength.
NJINGA PROTEIN RECOVERY SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Makes 2 smoothies
1 large frozen banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups of almond milk (or other milk of your choosing)
2 scoops of your favourite chocolate-flavoured protein powder (we recommend a vegan protein option such as Sunwarrior)
1. Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender.
2. Turn to high and process for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
3. Pour in a large glass to serve.
These smoothies are best consumed within 15 minutes of finishing exercise for maximum benefit to your recovery
Try yours after your next session and see how it can help your recovery.
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