Looking at different options for sports nutrition and seemingly a lot stuff geared for post-ride protein/carb replenishment are drink mixes.
So I have a weird tick: I have an aversion to thick drinks. With that being said what are good alternatives to recovery drinks either it be bars or anything marketed for sports nutrition or simply something I could buy at a grocery store?
Burrito and a glass of milk is my favorite afternoon recovery meal if dinner is hours away. If I’m out of burritos, then its cereal, blueberries, and milk. If no blueberries then strawberries or bananas.
If your preferred ‘real food’ option isn’t giving you the ideal amount of protein you can also add a scoop of unflavoured protein powder to quite a lot of dishes. Changes flavour profile a bit and might not be palatable to everyone, but I’ve had acceptable results in several situations (oatmeal, vegetarian pasta sauces, soups, etc.)
I like to have a meal waiting for me- some grilled chicken with rice and veggies is my go to. I can pack that in cooler when I am riding away from home. If I don’t have that I pack a good protein bar - Clif, Rx or whatever I pick up at the grocery store.
I use orgain grass fed whey protein and depending on what i mix it with the consistency is not all that thick. Water would probably get you the loosest consistency but I find almond “milk” (which isn’t far off from water) yields similar results. It got real thick when I used fair life chocolate milk to mix, almost like a milk shake and rather decadent. If you want additional carbs pair with a banana. It’s been said that recovery shakes aren’t all that necessary unless we’re doing double days but I find I recover better in general if I get a post ride protein shake in. Real food takes care of the rest.
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