Banana, Cacao and Pecan Recovery Smoothie
1 x banana
1 x scoop Raw Cacao Whey Protein (Motion Nutrition)
Small handful whole pecan nuts
Teaspoon of honey
Fill to the max line with whatever milk you like best (whole, almond, flax etc.)
Blend until smooth, and drink up to thirty minutes after session.
I've previously found it counter-productive to take protein supplements. I think it can come down to body type - I am of the rectangular variety, which means I put on weight very easily and tend to get bloated with whey protein. Having been particularly interested in nutrition this winter, I've paid more attention to the ingredients of what I'm eating. Quite often whey protein and shakes can contain fructose or sucralose, both of which are sugar carbohydrates. And as I have discovered this winter, sugary carbohydrates are almost exclusively the only food group which make me bloat and feel heavy.
So with my theme of healthy eating and recovery, finding a brand that deals in natural ingredients, preferably organic, became a priority. Not because I desperately wanted to take a protein supplement, but because in terms of accessibility and convenience, sometimes having a protein shake on the side of a river is simply easier than cooking a six egg omelette.
Finding an organic supplement proved surprisingly hard. In fact, none have previously existed, because natural, high quality ingredients take time and investment to source and prep. Until some like-minded athletes got together and began the brand Motion Nutrition (http://www.motionnutrition.com). With a focus on clean, high quality ingredients and a simple recovery ethic, the pure whey package was exactly what I needed. The principle that anyone can get fit and healthy, without struggling and giving up, is the main message I think athletes have the responsibility to convey. I think these products are great, because nothing is fuelling your training but yourself, and natural ingredients that don't have to be constructed from chemical composites.