Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Sports Podiatrist, Kirstin Simpson shares her two of her favourite drinks that tackle cravings, insulin regulation and workout recovery.
"The Fast Filler"
This drink is perfect for anyone partaking in a morning fast, it hits the spot without creating a spike in your insulin levels. I find on those mornings where you crave sweetness, adding a bit more cinnamon can do the trick! This warm drink will also get your immune system fired up, as many of the mushroom and powder bases house anti-inflammatory properties and central nervous system regulators. To find out more, check out the Natures Harvest links below:
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp cacao nibs
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I avoid supermarket versions as they are often casa based or mixed with sawdust-like substance)
1/2 tsp pine pollen (google the health benefits if you want a laugh)
Tsp natures harvest mushroom!! (cleanest form (other than Lifecycle liquid drops) that is on the market - meticulously tested and quality assured for gut health)
1/2 tsp olive oil/coconut oil or butter
Shot of espresso (I use First Press cold drip coffee), not every morning, only if doing a heavy leg session or long run.
3/4 hot water
1/4 almond or plant-based milk (always avoid vegetable, canola or filler oils)
1. Stir and enjoy!
"Mid Day Smoothie" This one is great as it provides many different cell feeding goodies, without tasting bitter or too sweet. I find this a nice filler post-training weights for the recovery ingredients. Ingredients:
1/2 tsp chlorella powder
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
1/2 tsp Camu Camu (vitamin C booster)
1/4 tsp activated charcoal (if you're keen)
1/2 avocado or 2 heaped tbsp coconut yoghurt (best when homemade - super easy & cheap)
1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp nut butter
1 tsp flaxseeds
Half cup of berries (or 1 banana if I'm feeling a fructose and potassium hit!)
1 Scoop plant protein powder (cleanest possible)
1 Scoop unflavoured beef or plant collagen
3/4 blender cup of water (more or less depending on consistency desired)
1. After all wet and dry ingredient is in the blender cup, BLEND!
2. Pour into bowl with a small pinch of goji berries and coconut flakes.
3. Drizzle 1 tsp local honey (if needed)
For useful (non-food related) running, barefoot training and sports injury rehab information, check out Kirstin Simpson below. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthsystemsgo/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthsystemsgo/ Website: https://healthsystemsgo.com.au/