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!
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 :)