Everyone has their workout routine. For those who are serious about getting their fitness on, they turn to a post-workout treat. Why not? You just worked pretty hard! Even better, this reward comes with benefits. Post-workout nutrition is essential to help your body restore some of the energy exerted during your session. One of the best wing-people for an after-workout boost? CBD.
Let’s look at why CBD is a great way to maximize the benefits of your workout. In addition, we’ll provide you with 7 delicious post-workout CBD recipes. Now, get your sweat on…er…read on!
Why Post-Workout Nutrition is Important
Anyone who has pushed through an intense cardio sesh or hit a new bench record knows one thing…they’re pooped! Nothing worth having is easy. That is why working out is called “working.”
When you workout, your body gets put under stress. Due to the intensity of the workout, two major functions happen so your body can coast you through:
Burning of glycogen
Using up/damaging protein
Every time your body is pushed toward its limits, it disrupts many little tissues, cells, tendons and proteins in your body. Once you finish, your body needs to replenish the glycogen. That way the glycogen can be broken down and transformed into catalysts for rebuilding damaged proteins.
This is what makes CBD such a vital component of a nutrient-dense workout regimen. Broad spectrum CBD will contain all of the 20 amino acids. This includes the nine that our body can’t create on its own.
In addition, CBD can help the tissues and tendons recover after a workout due to its indirect impact on the endocannabinoid system.
With that, you want a post-workout treat that is high in protein, carbs and fat. You need the carbs to help create the glycogen necessary to break down amino-rich proteins. Fat is essential because it helps with the absorption of nutrients in the gut lining.
Once again, CBD comes in handy. Broad spectrum hemp oil contains phytochemicals unique to the hemp plant. That means broad spectrum hemp oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are proteins that can help you bounce back after an intense day at the gym.
Now you know why you should eat after a workout (and why you should have CBD in that snack). We get that people need to sneak their workout in whenever they can. Here are 7 post-workout CBD recipes for every part of your daily routine.
CBD Morning Scramble
Who doesn’t like a nice wake and fry? In the morning time, our heads can be a bit scrambled. A good way to break through that fog is to infuse your post-workout breakfast with CBD. Here’s a great way to do just that.
Heat the butter over low-medium heat on a skillet.
Add a dropper-full of the natural CBD tincture to the top of the butter at the first sign of the butter softening.
Once the butter starts to break down more, add in the sweet potatoes.
Cover with a lid to speed up the cooking process.
Whisk the four eggs in a small bowl and season with pepper.
Pour the milk into whisked eggs.
Add the onion to the sweet potatoes.
After the onions are translucent, add in the other vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add in the milk-egg mixture.
Cook together until scrambled!
CBD Goji Bars
Not everyone has the chance to start their day off with a home-cooked scramble. That sort of folk needs their CBD on the go. These CBD Goji Bars are a great option because they are delicious, discreet and travel well. Not to mention, Goji berries are a superfood. They are highly rich in antioxidants, which is further enhanced in the presence of CBD.
Preheat the oven to 350° F while greasing a 9×9 baking pan.
Combine all the ingredients for the bars into a food processor.
Pulse with an S-blade until you have a thick batter.
Smooth into a baking pan as evenly as possible.
Bake for 12 minutes.
While baking, mix all the bar topping ingredients into a bowl, minus the Joy Organics lemon tincture.
Once evenly mixed in, add dropper-full of Joy Organics Lemon CBD Tincture.
Place the toppings on top of the bars when the 12 minutes are up.
Put bars with toppings into the oven for 8 more minutes.
Once done, allow two hours to cool, refrigerate extras.
CBD Power Salad
When you hear the word salad, people think of iceberg lettuce, but that’s far from reality! Salads are a blanket term for a cornucopia of delicious options in one bowl. Here, you can rejuvenate your post-workout body with some plant-based power dressed up in CBD. This is a great recipe for the person who sneaks a workout in during their lunch break!
First, cook the quinoa by adding it into a saucepan with the vegetable stock.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for around 20 minutes.
While the quinoa cooks, place the nuts and seeds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden.
Prep the vegetables.
Mix them in a bowl with rinsed organic chickpeas.
Chop the toasted nuts and mix in with the chickpeas and veggies.
Start on the dressing by pouring the peanut oil into a bowl.
Dash some of the grated ginger into the bowl and whisk together.
Pour in the Bragg raw apple cider vinegar and whisk together (it won’t fully integrate)
Once the quinoa is done, add to the bowl of chickpeas and vegetables and toss.
Place the drops of lemon CBD tincture and orange CBD tincture into the dressing.
Pour the dressing over the bowl and thoroughly mix.
Note: The dressing won’t seem like a lot, but trust us, a little goes a long way!
Undoubtedly, salmon is one of the leanest proteins that we can consume. You can tell the quality of amino acids in your cut by how vibrant its pink flesh is. Up that ante by adding some CBD to the mix. This is a great dinner. It will pair wonderfully with a sweet potato and roasted asparagus for the ultimate post-workout supper.
Combine all the ingredients of the marinade into a small bowl.
Place the chicken thighs into a ziplock bag, pour the marinade in and give a good shake.
Refrigerate anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Remove chicken from bag, but hold onto marinade.
Heat ½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat.
Put chicken in skillet, skin-side down.
Cook until golden brown and then flip.
Remove the chicken and set aside on a paper towel.
Heat ½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in skillet.
Add in sweet onion and saute until translucent.
Add in the rest of the rice ingredients and marinade.
Simmer for 30 seconds.
Put the chicken on top and place a lid over the skillet.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
Remove cover and bake up to 10 more minutes or until all liquid is gone.
Take out of oven and allow to cool.
CBD Monster Bars
Had a workout, a nice dinner and need a little extra something-something? Life’s about the little joys. Dessert is a huge part of those little moments of bliss. Adding CBD to your desserts will increase that happiness even more. Here’s a great ode to our favorite Sesame Street character, the Cookie Monster…’cause who doesn’t love a good cookie?
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