Looking back on my “running life,” always gives me a good laugh. I’m going to really age myself here, but when I started running there were no energy gels, the only electrolyte that was available was Gatorade, and recovery drinks and foods? Nope!
This is how running went back in the day: put on your shorts, cotton shirt, any old pair of sneakers, and out the door you went.
AGH! The chaffing with those old fashion cotton sports bras was unreal! There was no such thing as handheld water bottles, you stopped at the neighbor’s house and used their hose if it was a hot summer day, and a Garmin was a cheap Timex watch you picked up at your local Drug Store.
Ahh, the good days! A part of me misses the simplicity of it all and another side me is utterly grateful for the advances made in sports gadgets, nutrition, and science. One one hand, it’s nice to know that running is simple and doesn’t require a whole slew of equipment, on the other, we all want to perform and feel our best when doing our sport.
Recently, I have scaled back on the competitive side of running. After running the 2013 Boston Marathon, I slowly lost my drive to compete. I can’t say that I will never compete again because I don’t think that’s true, but at this time in my life, I am enjoying running for the sheer love of it. I still do the occasional track, tempo, or long run – in fact, most weeks all three of those are part of my routine – but I’ve taken a break from chasing PR’s and for me personally, it feels great.
Just because I’m not going after those personal records doesn’t mean that I don’t want to feel my best when I’m running. Quite the contrary, I am more motivated more than ever to feel strong, recover quickly, and improve so that when I do run it’s rewarding and pleasant. So, when I was in Ralph’s last week doing my weekly shopping and saw that they now carry ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream I kind of squealed out loud.
I had heard of the company from an article I read in Runner’s World Magazine and found out that they were also a local (for me) company based In Santa Barbara, California. I liked the story behind how they started and was anxious to try out their product. I instantly went for the Vanilla and Coconut knowing that I wanted kind of a blank canvas to create my own spin on things.
So why ProYo High Protein Low-fat Ice Cream? This delicious treat has 10 grams of protein per serving, is low glycemic, rBST and RBGH free, Non-GMO, soy and gluten-free. In other words, it’s a company with integrity AND there is a good balance of healthy fat, carbs, and protein so it makes it an ideal post-workout or long run treat.
It tastes amazing all on it’s own, but I wanted to boost the recovery factor even further expanding its nutrition. This is where my ugly little friends come in. Meet ginger and turmeric, two unsightly little root cousins that may help aid in the recovery process. Some studies suggest that both ginger and turmeric may reduce inflammation. These cousins have a long history of medicinal use dating as far back as 4000 years. Who would have thought that two hideous looking blobs would be so helpful for runners? (source)
You’ve heard of Golden Milk, right? I’m not sure where the trend started, whether it was in India 3000 years ago or if it was a more modern trend, but it’s so very delicious and this along with ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream might just help you recover from your next difficult workout a little faster. With summer just around the corner, try making a popsicle version with ProYo High Protein Low-fat Ice Cream!
Here’s what you do:
First, peel and cut both the ginger and turmeric into 1-inch nobs. I do this ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. These come in handy – you can grate them into various recipes, throw a nob in a smoothie, or make these Golden Milk Recovery Popsicles.
Put a heaping scoop of ProYo Vanilla or Coconut, 3-4 tablespoon of milk, one nob of ginger, one nob of turmeric, and about 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper into a blender. Whirl until smooth and creamy.
Place in your popsicle mold– I used a sphere shaped one that is the size of a large golf ball because I wanted to keep them on the smaller side. You may need to double the recipe if using a larger ice pop mold.
These little workout recovery ice pops are so good and will make the perfect post-run treat, especially this summer after those long, hot weekend runs! So grab your keys, hop in the car and head to your local Kroger Banner store to pick up those ugly cousins, ginger and turmeric and ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream.
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