The Importance of the Recovery Meal

by Michelle Bense

image003For people that exercise, what they eat and when becomes more important. The first meal eaten after a workout is known as the recovery meal, which is arguably the most overlooked meal in any fitness plan, according to sports nutrition coach Joanna Chodorowska, founder of Nutrition in Motion. The recovery meal is important to aid in the body’s restoration post-workout. It also helps balance the blood sugar, avoiding senseless eating later in the day.

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Double Chocolate No Bake Brownie

Vegan, Raw, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
YIELDS: 4 servings

Altered from Recipe by Living Nutrition

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole walnuts
  • 1 tsp espresso (can use water)
  • 1 cup raw cacao (or really dark cocoa, non alkalized)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 8-12 fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp to 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (optional and to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal (optional)

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