Yes, it's that time of year again! Fall is here, and along with the shorter days and cooler weather comes the return of our favourite seasonal flavours! For a sweet treat, pick up a Fall-inspired drink, like a cinnamon or pumpkin spice latte! To keep the calories, fat, and sugar under control try ordering your drink the skinny way: stick to a small size with skim or soy milk, sugar-free flavour or half-sweet, and skip the whip!
Another way to kick off a crisp Fall day is with a comforting bowl of Pumpkin Oatmeal! Enjoy this JCJ-tested recipe of the week! And remember, what you eat is what you wear!!
JCJ's Pumpkin Oatmeal
1/2 C quick oats
1/3 C pure pumpkin (canned raw pumpkin, not pie filling!)
1 scoop vanilla (or unflavoured) protein powder
Dash of pumpkin spice (or some cinnamon and nutmeg if you don't have the blended spice)
1/2 oz chopped walnuts (*optional)
1/8 C (about a handful) unsweetened raisins (*optional)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add about 1/3-1/2 C water and mix until ingredients are wet and you have a bit of excess water. MIcrowave covered for 45 seconds. Stir. If mixture seems thick or sticky add a bit more water. Return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Give a final stir, and add a touch of skim milk for an extra creamy texture!
Great to see everyone out at the YYC Run for Water today! We had a great race, and it was a gorgeous day!
Now, it's time to re-fuel! Kudos to Run for Water for all their awesome post-race snacks! Runners, make sure to continue your re-fueling throughout the day today. You've expended a TON of energy, and you need to be sure to replace it properly!
Yes, you did bun a whole lotta' calories this morning, so if you're hoping for a sweet treat, today might be the right day to indulge. But, try to keep that portion reasonable, and maybe save the treats until the end of the day, when your body isn't working quite so hard to recover.
Right now, your best food choices for post-race recovery are meals with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. Think of carbs as your body's version of gasoline - no gas, no go! You used up a ton of carbs during the race, so now you need to top up the tank. A healthy dose of protein will help reduce post-race muscle soreness and will aid in rebuilding you to be better, faster, and stronger!
Try half a bagel with some natural nut butter or low fat cream cheese for the perfect nutrient balance. Or, test out one of JCJ's favorite post-race smoothies!
Orange Dream Recovery Drink
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 C orange juice
1/2 C ice cubes
Blend until smooth and enjoy! Yes, it's that simple! Add a little more ice or a splash of Greek yogurt if you like your smoothie thicker; add some extra juice or water if you prefer a thinner style drink!
Keep up the great work, and remember: what you eat is what you wear!!
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Remember: What you eat is what you wear! Have a happy and healthy day, and hope to see you back here soon!!