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A long, long, long time ago when Scott and I were still running and training for marathons, I had a little herbivore-athletic brand I called "Herbisport." (The logo was so cute, it was my little elephant with sweatbands plus he was holding a dumbbell in his trunk.)
Anyway, I was doing some virtual de-cluttering the other day and came across all the recipes I'd developed for Herbisport (recovery smoothies, DIY energy bars, etc) and thought I'd share them :)
These days we're into yoga, which thankfully doesn't require special "nutrition" and snowboarding (I carry potatoes, which have the added bonus of acting as a warmer!) plus Scott likes to run or bike on occasion. When he does he takes dates for quick refueling, which is probably what I'd do if I ever decided to be a runner again.
Nevertheless, enjoy these recipes if you're ultra active and want a more whole foods nutrition supplement. I used to get the worst "stomach rot" from all the GU's and gels (as well as Gatorade, even watered down) when I was training which is why I learned about sports nutrition and developed these recipes ;)
Herbisport Recovery Puddings
Pudding directions: Combine all in a blender, or cook oatmeal as usual, then chill.
Herbisport Recovery Smoothies
Banana Split Smoothie
Smoothie Directions: Blend.
Herbisport Endurance “Sports” Drinks
Drink directions: Mix together.
Herbisport Energy Bars
Bar directions: Combine everything in a food processor and process. Shape mixture into bites.
Herbisport Recovery Drinks
Drink directions: Blend.
Pre-Workout Energy Drinks - Pineapple
Lemon: add 1 tbsp lemon zest
Chocolate: add 2 tsp cocoa
Vanilla: add vanilla extract to taste
Lastly... if you're in a pinch, chocolate soymilk can work as a recovery drink, it's near perfect with the ratio for all the things you need.
4 dates + 1/2 cup honey or agave = 6 100-calorie gels.