Recovery Carnival: A Cotter Concoction

by lindsay cotter on February 13, 2013

This week, I think it’s moving as slow as molasses. Normally I like molasses, just not the pace of it.  Let’s just say I’ve been needing extra recovery this week, more mentally than anything. Winking smile You know how those weeks are, yes? And speaking of recovery, a few weeks ago our fellow triathlete/blog friend Jason of Cook Train Eat Race  emailed me about participating in a recovery meal blog carnival. Totally loved the idea and jumped on board!

Well today is my day to post my recovery meal. Except I haven’t felt like making a creative meal all week. Hot Oats, eggs, squash and sausage, eggs, quinoa and salad, repeat. Yep, not bad just same old Cotter concoctions.

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But even though our meals have been plain and simple, our snacks and drinks have been strangely delicious and flavorful. That makes up for it, right?

Homebrew Kiwi Honey Lime Kombucha and my RECOVERY Creamy Coconut Basil Ginger Smoothie.

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So I emailed Jason to see if I could post a recovery snack instead. Of course he said yes and now my brain is happy.Winking smile

Lindsay Cotter- Creamy Coconut and basil smoothie

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or other milk of choice)
  • Ice
  • 3-4 leaves of fresh Basil
  • 6oz Coconut yogurt
  • 1 serving Vanilla Protein
  • ½ tsp Coconut extract
  • Vanilla stevia (optional)
  • 1 tsp ginger root
  • optional add in for extra carbs and natural sugars: 1 frozen banana and 1/2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Directions:

Blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy! With lots of ice it serves 2 people quite well or one thirsty athlete/triathlete. 

***Basil and Ginger are both great anti-inflammatories, but I love Basil for the anti-bacterial benefits too. You can read more here about this magically herb.

For more recovery meal ideas, visit these bloggers!:

So whatcha think? What’s your favorite recovery meal? What about recovery for your brain, been there?  

Of course you have!

Cheers,

LC

p.s.

2 more days to enter the BLEND and ATTUNE FOODS giveaway. WOOHOO!

{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina @ Best Body Fitness February 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

Ummmm….when did the design change happen? I was just here!!! Or maybe was reading on my phone so missed it? Anyway, looks FABULOUS!!!

And hope you get some recharge soon.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 7:53 am

haha, i do that all the time. I don’t realize they changed their site till later. I blame google reader. But thank you! I changed it a week ago so you didn’t miss out on much.

hope you are feeling recharged too friend. hugs!

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Nichole February 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

I was looking at detox recipes this weekend, how did you know:)

A good smoothie always cheers me up:)

There is nothing run with the same healthy dish, mm!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 7:59 am

see, i was reading your mind! xxoo

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

Basil? Is that for recovery, flavor, both? I’m intrigued…

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

basil is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-bacterial. So it’s great for this season! http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=85

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

I want to try that kiwi honey lime kombucha!!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

This sounds perfect! I love recovery snacks. I have been doing a ton of turmeric and cinnamon lately to keep inflammation down. I always love your eats! They always look like perfect fuel to me!

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Melissa Love February 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

that sounds fabulous! I’ll have to try it :)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

let me know when you do!

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Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race February 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

There is nothing better than a recovery smoothie (well only if it is accompanied by any of the three other meals so far I guess.) and I just love basil. I have a post about mint coming out on Monday and basil is in that family so I bet if you tossed some basil leaves in there as well it would bring even more flavor to the party.

Thank you for participating in the blog carnival and I hope you’ll be able to join us next month when the secret topic is _______________ Well it is still a secret because I haven’t come up with one yet……haha!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

oh now i want that recipe! mint and basil are PERFECT! And love the carnival. It’s been fun!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

I swear… when I get home tomorrow I’m not going to eat anything except runny eggs. YUM!

One of my fav recovery protein smoothies is my cherry-ginger. Both are really good for the muscles and inflammation!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

you mean you don’t want more dried eggs from the hotel? bahaha

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Bre February 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

BASIL!? basil in a smoothie? I don’t even really know what basil tastes like to be honest! hmmm…I’ll have to buy basil for the first time ever. ;) I need to start using herbs and spices more, so maybe this will be my starting point. I’ll report back on how this one goes…

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

i love fresh basil, it’s amazing. i eat it raw. Let me know if you try!!

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Kierston February 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

Basil in a shake. Amazing. I love basil. The smell, the taste, everything!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

me too!!!

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Melissa February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

I hope my kombucha turns out!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love including ginger in my diet . . . for recovery, but also because it’s delicious! Love the basil idea in a smoothie. I’ve never tried that, but do enjoy basil, so I’ll have to give it a try. :)

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Melissa February 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

that reminds me, who did your web design for Wordpress?
I have Wordpress and I am wanting to do updates, but I am design dumb and I know Wordpress is more limiting than Blogger, but I just paid for another year of my domain and photo space upgrade/

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Mine is self hosted through blue host. I just use wordpress.org for the theme. You should contact Jenny and PBjenny.com. She is the best! click my logo on the side bar where is says PB jenny designs

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Amanda @RunToTheFinish February 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

when I try to use actual ginger root I swear I always overdo and whhheewww talk about clearing out the sinuses!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

oh ya, done that! a little goes a LONG way, yes?

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natalie @ will jog for food February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

Yum! I will have to make that. I actually have almost all of the ingredients :)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

you do?! oh yay! let me know how it turns out!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies February 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

I tend to stick with the basic pb, chocolate recovery shake, because it’s simple, refreshing, and easy! :)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

you can’t beat that combo!

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jobo February 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I did not realize basil and ginger were good for inflammation! good to know, friend! you are so wise :-) I always feel the need to be more creative with my eats when I see your posts! Lunch today, is going to be different, I will share via instagram ;-) hehe

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

i fully approve on the lunch! it looked AMAZING!

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Christa @ Edible Balance February 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm

mmmmm, that butternut squash is looking mighty tasty and so is that smoothie! :) ginger is my favorite, cinnamon and turmeric too… and chia!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

you’ve just reminded me i need more chai! I crave it in the winter

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Seeing as I’m a huge snacker, I definitely support strangely delicious recovery snacks. Although I have to admit that mine usually involve chocolate :shock: And while I’m ‘fessing up, I should probably admit that recovery for my brain usually involves a couple hours of mindless video games. Whatever works, right? ;)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

bahaha, i like your thinking. So maybe add chocolate to this, nix the basil, and play video games after a nice walk outside?

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Rachelle February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Love the recovery meal idea. As I become more serious about my training and increase duration/intensity I am constantly looking for quick recovery meal ideas. Thanks for sharing and for the links. I will definitely be checking them out.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

oh let me know whatcha try! they have some amazing recipes! you’d love them.

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Definitely need recovery for the brain sometimes. And my week is moving crazy slow too. Something in the air perhaps?

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

i blame allergies and lack of vacation. MUST FIX ASAP!

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Missy February 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I’ve never had basil in “sweet” and I really want to try it now.
And YES I have needed desperately recovery for my brain and though we both know EXACTLY where and to WHO(M?) to go for that…

well…. I found I needed glitter.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

i saw your glitter. I feel like i need glitter too and maybe some sparkles. Sending hugs… i feel the same.

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kalli February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

okay so glad i am not the only one barely getting through the week. my body is tired and my mind is tired. taking it way easy……like your recovery foods !

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

good, i’m not alone! i think we need a retreat to cure brain.

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She Rocks Fitness February 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Brain recovery is a weekend away! Guess where? The BEACH gosh darn it I could use that right now. Recovery meal tonight is some homemade pasta dish my client made for me with some fresh bread. Comforting and nourishing. Perfect recovery!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

i need a beach weekend ASAP! when can we go? for real!

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Brooke February 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I’m a big snacker, so definitely prefer a recovery snack. And that snack would preferably involve some Healthy Bites and a big cup of coffee ;). Or a slice of Udi’s with sunflower seed butter and Trader Joe’s fig butter. Okay, I want that now.
My brain could use some recovery! My daily dose of brain recovery is my workout as well as my quiet time in bed at night. And any time I get a date night with my husband (which doesn’t happen as much as it should!). I think I’m in need of a girls’ weekend though ;)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

i love that you love healthy bites. cause they love you! and quiet time is key. I know it helps with balance. Yes?

p.s.
I need a girls weekend so so bad.

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Lisa February 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Yum! Ginger and basil in a smoothie! I kind of like that.
I love my snacks, and fully support strange but delicious snacks! Mine are usually quite odd, but I love ‘em. Haha, my recovery meals are always intended for my brain, if I forget a snack you better believe I remain forgetful in all other areas of life. Seriously, sometimes I wonder what is wrong with my brain;)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

oh girl, i am in the same boat. I’m surprised i still function. LOL!

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice February 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

fresh herbs really just take everything to a whole other level

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

oh i agree!! love mint too!

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STUFT Mama February 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Cotter Concoction has a really nice ring to it. :) Hope you’re mind and body are getting the recovery you need this week. And I would really like to come over for your recovery meals. YOU take such darn good care of your hubby.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

stuftmama creations are very similar, in fact, they are better! can i come there?

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Jenn @comebackmomma February 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Sounds really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

let me know if you try it Jenn!

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Lisa @ RunWiki February 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I am a huge fan of the recovery smoothie. Yours looks devine, love how gutsy you are to combine those three things together and it sounds so smooth, creamy and obviously good for recovery. Generally, I put tart cherry juice, beats or beat tops, something green and leafy, with protein, flax meal and chias… boring but I love it.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

cherry juice crucial for recovery. Love it! i love that combo. So potent too!

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Lou February 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

YUM I love the look of your eats…. I’m brewing a bit of strawberry apple kombucha right now, woohoooo! I’m the opposite, my week is going WAY too fast and I don’t have enough time to get everything done!!!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

oh that sounds divine too! we need a kombucha company. You reckon? ;-)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I hope you get some good rest and recover this week girl! All your meals look amazing to me. You can cook me some of your Cotter Staples anytime!

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

still needing some good God time, ya know? that’ the best recovery. i know you can relate

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Haley @ fullnfit February 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

recovery? i would drink this on a daily basis.

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

oh and i do! so good!

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Jody - Fit at 55 February 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Kept forgetting to compliment you on the new design!!! Very cool!

Hope everything is OK.. you seem to have things on the mind.. I can relate! ;)

HUGS & linking to you tomorrow – Thursday for my NuttZo post! :)

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LCCotter February 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

oh yes, lots on the mind this week. I think it’s just all catching up with me. But we have those weeks. And sometimes it’s good to just get it out, yes? I know everything will work out soon. And if not, I’ve got a jar of dark chocolate nuttzo to demolish. LOL! jk. Hugs!

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Jody - Fit at 55 February 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

HUGS!!!! I understand! A week for me too but some it mat be my old age hormones! ;) YES for NuttZo! :)

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity February 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

oooh I love coconut! my brain needs a recovery now. I could use this

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LCCotter February 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

maybe it’s something in the air, yes? haha.

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Susan (Oliepants) February 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I think I could drink this – recovery or not – just looks delicious all on its own!

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LCCotter February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

oh i agree!! Daily recovery for my taste buds!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love the new look! :D On a side note, must.try.kombucha. Seriously… not sure why I haven’t.

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LCCotter February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

oh gosh girl, yes you must! Trilogy is m fav!!!

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Alison @ racingtales February 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

I put WAY too much ginger in my anti-inflammatory smoothie yesterday. Tweaked my calf and am trying to get it to heal fast. I drank the thing but had to hold my nose! Yeuch! I love coconut so will definitely be trying your smoothie next time…and easing up on the ginger!

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LCCotter February 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

oh ya, i’ve been there. Cleared the sinuses though! ha

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purelymichelle February 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

love basil and banana smoothies! simple and gentle
your meals look perfect!

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LCCotter February 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

oh yes, gentle is key. I love that you said that.

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Coconut…basil….vanilla….ginger?

Man on man. I want it now!!!!

Mind. (Tastebuds?) Blown.

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf February 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

Oh! I’m so intrigued by basil-ginger-coconut combination! Will have to try this.

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