Spike That Post-Workout Smoothie With Turmeric & Cinnamon

I don’t like assumptions…but I will break my rule this time.1. I will assume that you consume a post-workout drink/smoothie within 30 minutes of that workout & #2. I will assume that you are working out (you thought I would let that one slide?).

Awesome. Okay now assumptions aside…

Tumeric

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

If you are not sure if you have heard or had this…It is common in a lot of delish Indian fare. It turns the curry a great bright orange color…and if you handle it – it will do the same to your fingers (& clothes!).

The benefits are many. Do your own research & read up on all of them but one that is relevant to post-workout is its anti-inflammatory properties. So this helps you recover faster . http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/an-athletes-guide-to-inflammation-what-to-eat-and-what-to-avoid. My humble opinion is that you don’t feel as if you need to be crushing it in the gym or grinding it out on the road logging those miles to take advantage of it’s many benefits. Chances are if you are doing it right you muscles would appreciate the help to recover before you go at it again.

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In its powered form Source

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Tumeric in its raw form. Looks like a jacked up carrot. Yep it looks weird. Who cares? It’s so good for you. If you are able to get your hands on it, just ignore the advice to skin it. You will waste more of it than get that paper-thin skin off it it.I freeze mine to keep it fresh/stop it from going bad & then just throw it frozen in the blender when I am ready. But it looks weird! Okay, well close your eyes… Source

Slam dunk with cinnamon

I doubt if this spice will need as much of an intro. Again, the main reason I suggest putting this in your post-workout smoothie is for its anti-inflammatory properties but of course it has many other benefits to offer you http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

Two last tips, if you get your hands on that raw tumeric… make some tea out if it with fresh ginger. Grate both, simmer & steep. I have seen many recipes online some suggest having the spices steep for 30minutes or more. Throw some raw honey in there too & you are in business. Secondly I have heard tumeric is a great spice to throw in when making beans.

So there you go. Now I didn’t say go dump a jar of cinnamon & tumeric in that smoothie…too much of a good thing… Go and do your homework on tumeric & cinnamon, talk to your doc if need be & if you get a green light just try a teaspoon of each.

 

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