Monday, 12 March 2012

FEATURE RECIPE: Lemon-Lime Recovery Drink

This is a drink I try to make as often as possible to have after a long run, a hard training session or directly after weighing in for a fight. Don't get me wrong, I drink your average sports drinks - heck, I love lemon-lime Gatorade - but when push comes to shove, those drinks can contain extremely high levels of processed sugars and not much else. This is a home-made, unprocessed recipe from Brendan Brazier's book, 'Thrive' (pictured below) and it definitely works for me. It has roughly four parts carbohydrate for every one part protein - more than your average sports drink - speeding recovery immediately after exercise before a protein-rich meal is consumed. It will keep in the fridge for a few days and some settling does occur so shake or re-blend before drinking. Some of the ingredients may be hard to find like the hemp products so I often substitute flaxseed oil for the hemp oil and my regular protein (Vital Protein's, pea protein) for the hemp protein. You could also use maple syrup instead of agave.


Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/4 lime
4 dates
2 cups water
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp hemp protein
1 tsp ground dulse flakes
1 tsp hemp oil (or flaxseed oil)
1/2 tsp lemon zest

In a blender, combine all ingredients, process until smooth. Keep it in the fridge!
You can also substitute 1 cup young coconut water for 1 cup water to increase electrolyte and simple carbohydrate content.

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