This week and next week have some pretty crucial recovery days for the kiwi. Why? Well, race season is about here. I can’t believe it, but his first race of the season is just a week away. That means he needs to train smart and recover properly in order to stay SHARP and HEALTHY! And you better believe I’m doing the best I can as a Sherpa wife to keep him that way. Like I’ve mentioned before, this is truly our make it or break it year.
That being said, I’ve created three different types of gluten free recovery snacks that have recently become a staple in our house. And yes, they include coffee, because we love coffee and it’s actually good for recovery
Earlier this month I received the new JAVAPRO protein powder from Nature’s Best Products. Let’s talk about it for a sec before I get to the recipes, deal?
The 411 on JAVAPRO:
- High Quality Protein made with real coffee
- Low Sugar
- 110 Calories per serving
- 80 mg of caffeine (which equivalent to a half cup of coffee)
- 20 grams Whey Protein
- And comes in 6 different flavors: latte, caramel, hazelnut, French vanilla, espresso, and mocha.
Yes, that’s the SCOOP! But the taste? I was impressed. Actually shocked. The coffee flavor is not overpowering and either is the chocolate in the Mocha flavor. It was the perfect balance, and did not leave any after taste. So yes, flavor approval right here! For more information, please visit their Facebook Page.
Now let’s get to those recovery snacks.
This first one is great for when the weather is warmer. Which has been hit or miss here lately. I use the coconut oil for good fat but it can melt at room temperature, that is why I keep these in the freezer. But they are perfect for post run/ride. Very refreshing!Print
- 1 cup melted coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions)
- 1/4 cup toasted shredded coconut (optional)
- tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup nuts/seeds (I used cashews and pumpkin seeds)
- 3–4 dates- chopped
- 1–2 tsp sweetener of choice (optional)
- 25 grams MOCHA protein powder
- Mix together oil, coconut, dates, protein, and nuts. Line a pan with parchment paper. Pour the oil mixture onto the parchment paper. Freeze for at least 30 minutes then remove and break apart into pieces to create bark. Store in the freezer.
don’t have mocha protein powder? just mix in a scoop of instant coffee with vanilla protein or buy coffee extract.
You can also make a Vanilla Latte or Hazelnut Coffee version of this CRUNCH BARK. Just sub the cashews for hazelnuts and use the Vanilla or Hazelnut protein powders.
The next favorite recovery snack is of course a healthy bites recipe.
I made these similar to my maple latte bites. Just added Enjoy Life Chocolate chips, bacon extract, and subbed the vanilla protein for the MOCHA JAVAPRO. Holy cow these were good. The bacon gives it smoky sweet flavor. I feel like I should be at a campfire. These come in around 50-55 calories per bites and 3 grams protein. If you don’t have bacon extract, try using a butter extract.
And last but not least, the BRUNCH smoothie.
1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, waffle flavoring, 1 tbsp maple syrup, and 1-2 scoops Mocha Javapro Protein. Comes in around 300-400 calories and 20+ grams of protein. The Banana and Maple Syrup are the carb sources to restore glycogen.Very important for those muscles post workout!
Okay, so tell me, do you have a go to recovery snack? Coffee lover?? I hope so!
Best of luck to my friends racing palmetto 200! I so wish I could be there. <3 Sherpa Cotter.