18 Vegan Workout Recipes Posted by:Lindsay S. Nixon Category: Recipe

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

Banana Pudding

  • 1 cold banana
  • 3 tbsp soymilk
  • 2 tbsp cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp plain hemp protein powder

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 cold banana
  • 1/2 tsp honey or agave
  • 3 tbsp soy milk
  • 2 tbsp cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp plain hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Oatmeal Pudding

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp raisins (or 1 tsp agave/honey)
  • dash of cinnamon and cardamon

Pudding directions: Combine all in a blender, or cook oatmeal as usual, then chill.

Herbisport Recovery Smoothies

Popeye Smoothie

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 soaked date (or 1 tsp honey/agave)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Banana Split Smoothie

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 date
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Tropical Smoothie

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks

Neapolitan Smoothie

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 date
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Smoothie Directions: Blend.

Herbisport Endurance “Sports” Drinks

LEMON:

  • 16 oz water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp honey/agave (or 2 soaked dates)
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

LEMON-LIME

  • 16 oz water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp honey/agave (or 2 soaked dates)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime zest

LIME

  • 16 oz water
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp honey/agave (or 2 soaked dates)
  • 1 tbsp lime zest

ORANGE:

  • 8 oz water
  • 24 oz fresh orange juice
  • pinch salt

Drink directions: Mix together.

Herbisport Energy Bars

Apple Pie

  • 1 red apple
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein (plain or vanilla spice)
  • cinnamon / nutmeg to taste

Ginger Snap

  • 1 pear
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein (plain or vanilla)
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh ginger

Bar directions: Combine everything in a food processor and process. Shape mixture into bites.

Herbisport Recovery Drinks

Lemon-Aid

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 a large lemon)
  • 2 tsp honey/agave or 2 dates
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • pinch salt

Strawberry-Aid

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or lemon zest
  • 2 tsp honey/agave (or 2 soaked dates)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • pinch salt

Berry-Aid

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp honey or agave (or 1 soaked date)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • pinch salt

Drink directions: Blend.

Pre-Workout Energy Drinks - Pineapple

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

Directions: Blend.

Herbisport Gel

  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 c honey/agave

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.

AND (!!)

4 dates + 1/2 cup honey or agave = 6 100-calorie gels.

Subscribe to the blog!

Or go grab our RSS feed!