The Ultimate BJJ Post Training Smoothie
Do you supplement with protein? A protein shake has to be the most common supplement in the history of fitness and sports. And for good reason. A good protein shake will help replenish many of the things we lose during training, and if you really love the taste of your particular protein it can almost be like a reward after a tough training session.
When we engage in extended periods of combat, lift weights, and push ourselves during training, we create micro tears in our muscles. It is said that post workout intake of protein can help to begin the process of rebuilding these tears caused by intense contraction during your session. Thus, giving you an edge on the recovery and healing process. A protein shake takes a little less time than food to process in our bodies, making it optimal for immediate post training consumption.
How do you choose which kind?
Whey protein has emerged as the front runner of the industry. It contains the highest amount of branched chain amino acids where protein supplements are concerned, and seems to be the top pick when it comes to what kind of protein most athletes prefer. Most body building experts recommend that you take in at least 1 g of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. This number doesn’t concern me as much when trying to recover from BJJ training, as I’m just looking to replenish and recover. But if you’re looking to put on some size, it may be advice you’ll want to take.
When it comes to my preference for post training recovery, I do prefer a whey protein shake. I keep a pretty strict limit on the intake of sugar in my diet, so that is a concern for me. I also like to use the cleanest ingredients I can get my hands on. I build my own protein shakes using separate ingredients and a hand blender. I make them at night, store them in the fridge and I’m all set for my next training session.
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We’re all unique, and have different preferences. There are literally thousands of protein products on the market. Search for one that serves your dietary needs or restrictions perfectly and give it a try. I definitely notice a difference if I skip the shake after tough training, and in some form, I will always make protein a part of my post training routine.
As I said before, I tend to lean towards a very low carb approach to eating, so this is important to me when I’m constructing my favorite protein shake. Here’s my recipe:
5 OZ. – organic coconut milk
5 OZ. – water
1 TBSP –organic raw cacao powder
¼ of an organic banana
2 TBSP – organic almond butter
1 scoop – favorite whey protein powder (I like Standard Process WheyPro Complete)
Throw it all in shaker cup and blend it with a hand blender. It may seem a little tedious to combine all the ingredients yourself, but again, clean products are important for me. Do your research and choose whatever’s right for you!