After coming to terms with being a soreness-junkie post-workouts I realized that it can be really draining in my day to day activities – can we talk about legs-shaking-soreness while you are trying to balance over a public toilet? Yea that kind of soreness is getting in the way. Hanging clothes on a hanger shoulders-on-fire-cray-type-soreness. I also feel like my body is too busy trying to repair my sore muscles and I find myself getting more fatigued throughout the day. So I thought, let me at least try to remedy the issue (is it an issue if I want it?) by researching some post workout recovery drinks. Now I do the whole eat-protein after your workout to help muscles recover faster i.e. lean chicken and turkey. I also do my aromatherpy baths complete with detoxifying and muscle relaxing (so they say) rosemary essential oils - I think it is more so the hot water that helps relive some muscle soreness.
In the end, after reading a motley of articles from the No Meat Athlete (I am not vegetarian btw) to some stuff off Livestrong specifically using search terms like "What FEMALES should drink post-workout recovery" (I am not trying to bulk up like a man). I did learn that chocolate milk post-workout is the new "in" recovery drink - my boyfriend actually started drinking that instead of creatine leaden protein shakes. Me, on the other hand, doesn't exactly digest milk that well so I had to bypass that but I was seeing some research on how Tart Cherry Juice can be beneficial to muscle recovery. That combined with some protein source apparently is a good shake post workout. So I ended up making a vanilla soy milk, frozen strawberries, tart cherry juice shake.
I am not a fan of sour or tart tasting foods but the tart cherry juice (I put ample amounts in there) flavor was softened by the vanilla of the soy milk so it was rather enjoyable and it had no need for sugar or anything. Ironically, I didn't feel that sore the next day but I am wondering if it was because I didn't work out hard enough that day or something. In any case I am going to continue to use it and see if I see a reduction in my (much desired) muscle soreness the next day. Let me know if anyone has any variation recommendations to the shake!