Recovery never tasted so good

Recovery is key – whether you are a professional athlete, a warm weather cyclist or the occasional gym goer, there is no denying it. Your ability to increase fitness, strength, fight illness and thus reach your goals is defined by the speed at which your body recovers. You may argue this that recovery rate is individual and therefore fixed, but it is not the case. Whatever your vulnerability to injury or slow recovery due to age or illness, you have the power to be proactive and give your body the best chance of a fast and full recovery. You just have to look on most triathlon, fitness, running etc. websites or magazine covers to see the latest recovery claims and must dos.ALL

Personally I feel it shouldn’t be that confusing. Yes, I ensure I do my rehab, foam rolling, stretch, have regular check-ups and massages but I do believe there is more to recovery than just doing, it should be part of your every day. This is why I start with nutrition, as whatever your view on the subject there is no denying that to live we must eat, to grow we must eat and to perform to our maximum we must eat. Therefore, surely this life necessity must be a good place to start to ensure our body is in a state that recovery is possible. I also arrived at this conclusion due to my past, if food could make me so ill from the effects of self induced starvation then surely it can make me so healthy. However, I do not believe there is such thing as the “perfect diet,” but what I do believe is that there is a diet that is best for your body and your way of life. Yes, this may be very different from your best friend, Mum or Larry the marathon winner, but that doesn’t and should’t matter – you are the only one fuelling your body so you might as well get it right for you, not them.
How do you know what is best?… Its simple you experiment different approaches, foods, meal timings and become aware of how small changes affect how your body feels, your energy levels and recovery rate. And hey if something doesn’t work you can always change it back, but if it does you may be more than thankful – so just enjoy the process and learn about your body!

As a little taster of how good eating for sports recovery can be I have created these Bliss Balls. I find them perfect for after sessions, out on the bike or as a snack on the run to ensure my body remains fuelled and ready to recover. I hope you enjoy and please let me know your thoughts – I won’t bite!

Coconut bliss

BOUNTY BLISS BALL (makes 6)

5-6 soft medjool dates
2 scoops Vanilla Protein (I use SiS Rego Recovery)
2 tbsp descrisrated coconut
2 tbsp almond milk (or any milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
50g of chocolate of choice (I use sugar free 70% Cavalier’s dark chocolate)

Put all ingredients except the chocolate in a blend and combine well. Once a smooth mixture roll into 6 balls. Place in the fridge for 15mins to harden. While they are being chilled melt the chocolate over a low heat. Then roll the balls in the melted chocolate until well coated and place back in the fridge to harden.  ENJOY!

Peanut

PEANUT BUTTER BLISS BALL (makes 6)

5-6 soft medjool dates
2 scoops Vanilla Protein (I use SiS Rego Recovery)
2 heaped tsp of peanut butter (I use 100% Meridian crunchy PB)
2 tbsp almond milk (or any milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
50g dark chocolate of choice (I use sugar free 70% Cavalier’s dark chocolate)

Put all ingredients except the chocolate in a blend and combine well. Once a smooth mixture roll into 6 balls. Place in the fridge for 15mins to harden. While they are being chilled melt the chocolate over a low heat. Then roll the balls in the melted chocolate until well coated and place back in the fridge to harden.  ENJOY!

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Happy training and happy recovering,

Lots of Love 

Elo xxx

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