Well, we made it! It’s been a busy first part of summer but I’m happy to report that July has brought us some good rest and recovery! The Kiwi has made it through his first round of racing, so the past week or so have been super chill.
Our recovery food is just as important (or maybe even more important) to us as training food is. Recovery time allows his body really rest, repair, and rebuild. With that in mind, I still try to focus on feeding us both balanced meals that are nutrient packed. I also try to watch the added sugars since he doesn’t train long or hard during these recovery weeks. But don’t worry, natural sugars are still enjoyed. We love our fruit and Vitamin C.
*I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Emergen-C® I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Emergen-C as a product or its effectiveness
One of my favorite ways to add natural sweetness and nutrients to our snacks, drinks, etc. during recovery time is to use Emergen-c! ! We use Emergen-C a lot during recovery weeks. Like I mentioned above, now is a crucial time for the body to repair, so getting in extra EMERGEN-C nutrients without all the added sugar is a WIN WIN!
In case you haven’t heard of Emergen-c, let me fill you in on what it is and how it works!
Emergen-C is a vitamin supplement drink powder that comes in a wide variety of formulas
- original Emergen-C
- Emergen-C Immune+®,
- Emergen-C Kidz®
- And Specialty Emergen-C formulas (Calcium, Joint Health, etc.)
What’s it for? Well, simple. Think of it as an IMMUITY BOOST and a way to enhance your energy naturally. It can also help with restoring electrolytes post workout! . Each formula has more Vitamin C than 1000mg of Vitamin C as well as other KEY nutrients like zinc, B Vitamins, and Manganese. These are all great ANTIOXIDANTS that can help support the immune system
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I should also note that is it fizzy when combined with liquid, which makes it even more fun to drink and use!
Okay, so back to how we use it. Here are a few of my favorite EMERGEN-C recipes for every day eating or Recovery weeks!
Smoothies! Ever had a fizzy smoothie? Well this one amazing -> Almond Milk, ice, vanilla protein, frozen banana, and Orange Emergen-c!
Natural Fruity Gelatin! No, not Jello! This one is from my probiotic Gelatin recipe I posted last month. Real gelatin, Raspberry Emergency, Strawberry or Ginger Kombucha, and Stevia! Amazing health benefits to boost that immune system with probiotics and Vit. C combined!
And lastly, VITAMIN C Hawaiian bread! Remember when Sarena posted her famous gluten free bread recipe on Cotter Crunch a few weeks ago? Well, she posted a “Hawaiian Style” version along with it. I loved that idea, so I made her recipe but tweaked it a bit with Emergen-c!
(15 minutes prep time, 45 minutes to 1 hour to rise, 30 minutes baking time)
- 1 cup gluten free multipurpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Potato Starch
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup (30 grams) Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vegan Pea Protein)
- 1/2 cup stevia baking sugar
- 1 TBSP Bread Machine Yeast
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cream Of Tartar
- 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
- ½ c Orange or Ginger Ale Zevia (or sparkling flavored water) with Cranberry Pomegranate Emergenc Packet added – You can also use sparking water instead of Zevia. –> it gets very fizzy, warning!
- 3 TBSP Dairy Free Butter or Butter, melted and divided
- 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 eggs
Note– These are Sarena’s directions with a few revisions. I used a beater instead of a standing mixer and it worked great! I also made sure to beat the eggs first before adding to flour mix.
Preheat oven to 200ºF. Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large stand mixer (or beater), combine the GF multipurpose flour through cream of tartar. Heat the coconut milk and 2 TBSP butter in the microwave to 100ºF. Then add in our Zevia/Sparkling water and Emergen-C to the coconut milk and butter. Turn mixer on low and add the warm milk mixture to the flours using a dough hook. If you are not using a stand mixer, just make sure to beat well on low. Next add the vinegar and 2 eggs. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and brush it over the top of the loaf.
Cover the loaf with plastic wrap, turn off the oven, place the loaf in the oven and slightly vent the oven with a wooden spoon or towel. This creates a proofing box for the loaf to rise in.* Proof covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and proof for an additional 10 minutes in the oven or until about doubled in size. Remove the loaf from the oven, preheat the oven to 325º. Bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is slightly browned and has a hollow sound when tapped on top. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Then continue to cool out of pan on a wire cooling rack.
*You can also allow this to rise, covered with plastic wrap in a warm, draft free area
Well, I think we are ready for the next phase of training! Cheers to rest, nourishment, and a healthy immune system!
Who needs a recovery week? I say we go to Hawaii and take this Hawaiian bread.