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Happy Summer!

The warm weather is finally here and in full swing – and what better way to celebrate the season than by getting outside and being active?!

While I don’t mind the occasional outdoor winter run, I usually chicken-out and just stay inside, opting instead for the treadmill at the gym. Winter in Canada is just too cold for me!

But now that the weather is hot and the breeze is cool, I’m lacing up my running shoes and trying to beat my personal bests.

For me, re-fueling after a workout is key – although the ideal amount of muscle-building amino acids, such as leucine, is still debated, there is sufficient evidence demonstrating the importance of adequate protein-intake post-workout in order to aid in the reparation of muscles, as well as the synthesis of muscle (1).

A few posts ago, I had mentioned my excitement for teaming up with the Canadian Health Food Association to create their Summer Sports Nutrition Smoothies – and guess what? They’re now live!

It was such a great experience to be able to develop these smoothies from start to finish – everything from recipe development to taste testing to nutritional profiling, and thereafter, seeing the pros shoot my drinks with their awesome cameras; it was a total blast! Everyone I worked with and interacted with was extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields, and I learned a lot – and now I’m stoked to share the final product with you!

Check out the first installment of the series, which focuses on fueling your workout.  he “Power” smoothie drink is rich, chocolatey, and loaded with everything you need to perform your best!

Check it out here: https://www.chfa.ca/resources/sports-nutrition-for-summer-boosting-power/
Throughout the month of July, one new recipe will be released every few weeks – keep an eye out for the performance and recovery drinks still coming up!

Try them out, and let me know what you think!

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References:

(1) Baba, S., Ebihara, S., Sakano, K., & Natsume, M. (2014). Whey protein-containing product reduces muscle damage induced by running in male adults. Sport Sciences for Health, 10(2), 85-95.

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