Life lesson alert: it is soooo hard to get back on track to a workout regimen when you’ve been off it for awhile. Now, before we all get discouraged, does that mean you shouldn’t try to get back on track? NO WAY! The beauty of life is that you have an infinite amount of second chances, to start and restart again. But it can be discouraging when you were once really good at something, and have since regressed. I used to be a workout fiend in college – I went twice a day (I know, I can’t believe it either) and did swimming, cardio, weightlifting, rock climbing, rowing, and stretching. Unfortunately, when I started working my corporate job I became completely exhausted by the stressful work, and stopped going to the gym as often. But now that I’m not at my job anymore, I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things. I’ve rejoined my rock climbing gym, and have been trying to go a few times a week – not just to climb – but to do the same routine of cardio and weightlifting. Which leads me to this smoothie.
I forgot how I heard of tart cherry juice, but apparently it has some proven effects that aid in workout recovery. Tart cherry juice is loaded in antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for when your muscles are sore after a workout. It also is a natural source of melatonin, a substance which plays a role in the regulation of circadian rhythms in the body (read: it helps you sleep better). But keep in mind that I’m not a doctor (just a nutrition nerd) and you should check with your doctor before starting any new supplement or dietary change!
But without further ado, here’s what caught my eye on the webs this week:
1 // “Angels” guarded a funeral of one of the Orlando shooting vitcims, blocking out protestors from Westboro Baptist Church. Love outshines hate.
2 // Why you don’t have to feel grateful all the time.
3 // Why eating with the seasons is the best thing for your body! Love this!
4 // I saw the recipe for this Salted Caramel Chocolate ice cream on Pinterest and it looks pretty insanely awesome.
5 // This past week was #PopsicleWeek!! There were so many amazing entries, I wish I could list them all. Wait, Billy already did that. Here’s the list here!!
6 // I’m a mediocre baker at best, so Sophie’s buckwheat bread looks pretty darn impressive to me!
7 // Seriously craving these falafel gyros.
8 // Recipe throwback – I’m thinking of making these raw fudge truffles again, they’re so chocolatey and delicious!
For more inspiration during the week, be sure to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr!
Post-Workout Tart Cherry Smoothie
- 1 1/2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 Cup Fresh Mango
- 1 1/2 Cups Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice
- Combine all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
Leah M @ love me, feed meJune 26, 2016 at 11:38 am
Ooooh I’ve never tried tart cherry juice, but it sounds like an amazing little powerhouse of a juice! It’s such a gorgeous colour too!!
SarahJune 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm
Thanks Leah!! :D
Kimberly/TheLittlePlantationJune 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm
I saw this on your social media – just love the colours.
Twice a day sounds full on! But exercise is indeed wonderful and it sounds like you are slowly but surely making yur way back :)
Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.
SarahJune 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm
I know, twice a day was a little crazy! But it’s been good to slowly get back to the workout grind :) Thanks Kimberly!
Angie@cuisinestudyJune 27, 2016 at 4:55 am
I like cherries, tart cherries sound yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the color as well!! I will try this post workout!
SarahJune 27, 2016 at 10:59 am
Thanks Angie!! Hope you like it! :D
PiaJune 27, 2016 at 11:02 am
First and foremost, GO YOU, Sarah , for getting back into the swing of things! Because, although deciding to kick oneself back into gear more often than not requires a fair bit of inner conflict and reasoning before one is truly convinced, doing so almost always pays off.
Also, thanks for this week’s links, even if that means that I have just opened another 7, or so, tabs, which is stressing me out XD
Have a great week *insert flowers because I like “sending” people flowers*
SarahJune 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm
Awww thanks for the *flowers*, Pia!! ;) You’re so sweet! And yeah, I’m excited to get back into my exercise routine! It’s the best thing for me right now :) Hope you have a great week!
Amy | The Whole Food RainbowJune 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm
Hey Sarah! That smoothie sounds and looks just gorgeous, so lush. Echoing the above comment, well done you for going for it, you put me to shame!! <3
SarahJune 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm
Aww thanks Amy!! :D <3
AnnaJune 28, 2016 at 7:48 am
I can so understand what you mean, when saying it’s so much harder to get back on track or into your exercise routine after having a break for a while! I’ve had a break since March, and now slowly getting back to it, but it is hard…Luckily, with juice like this we will be back on track in no time! x
SarahJune 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm
Well I’m proud of us for getting back on track at all! It’s a huge step towards better health! Go us!! :D
JuliaJune 28, 2016 at 9:21 am
Crazy how life after college is so different…I don’t ever remember having to carve out time to exercise, as there was always ample opportunity…now everything has to be planned down to the second, so it’s easy to fall off the workout wagon. Loving the idea of a sweet and tart cherry smoothie as a post workout recovery drink…looks so refreshing!
SarahJune 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm
I know, it really feels like you have to plan everything down to the T in order to make time for anything. It makes me wish I was still in college ;) Thanks Julia!!
LauraJuly 4, 2016 at 11:16 am
Yes, tart cherry is such a win for post-workout! In the heat of summer, when I finish my long runs in the morning, I love making an ice cold tart cherry juice with some coconut water to facilitate optimal recovery. Looks so good girl!
SarahJuly 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm
Thanks Laura!! :D
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