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Chef Vishal: Double Stuffed Southwest Sweet Potatoes

These delicious stuffed sweet potatoes are perfect for an easy recovery meal after a long or intense workout. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, which helps to promote muscle recovery. When paired with plant-based protein from the black beans and quinoa, you’ve got yourself a muscle recovery powerhouse!

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and chili also aid recovery from any internal inflammation built up from your workout.

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Cashew Chili with Chef Vishal

This flavorful chili will satisfy your taste-buds and is perfect for a post long-run recovery meal. It packs a major protein punch through plant-based protein sources (legumes/beans), and is full of essential and non-essential amino acids for muscle recovery. To top it all off, this recovery meal provides a balanced blend of key vitamins and minerals!

This chili should be served over brown rice to round out your proteins, and avocado slices for some of those healthy fats.

For a little EXTRA yum, sprinkle with some shredded cheese just before serving!

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Chef Vishal: 20 Minute M​arinara

By: Chef Vishal

When I eat pasta, I like to keep it simple with a traditional marinara only has a hand full of ingredients. This is a base recipe that's quick to make, and it's easy to add additional ingredients to match the flavor of the week. For example, add diced carrots, celery, and your protein of choice to make it into a heart bolognaise sauce.

This sauce freezes well, so you can make a batch in bulk and store it for future weeknight dinners.

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The Juice: Citrus Beet Smoothie

Guest Blog: Katie Rodger, The Juice

As the days get shorter and nights get longer, we’re putting some glow in your go, welcoming winter with a season-proof dose of sippable sunshine. This colorful concoction is full of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and fiber, using beets as it’s base to promote muscle repair and regenerate cell structure.

Known for their endurance enhancing properties, beets increase blood vessel dilation, which means more oxygen can be transported more effectively to your muscles. More oxygen = more muscle capacity, so before you know it, you’re running with less fatigue (both on and off the track). In short: I’m not going to not say that these potent little powerhouses will make you feel like a magical, flying unicorn (or better yet .. Nuunicorn?)

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Running on Veggies Recovery Smoothie

Guest blog by ​Running on Veggies

​Recovery starts from the second you walk in the door after your run or workout. Smoothies are a great way to boost your recovery because they get nutrients into your body quickly and even on-the-go. Often we find ourselves running directly from a workout to work, meetings, and carpools. And this means recovery becomes an afterthought, if at all. I am all about making things easy and simple so that this doesn't have to happen. No need to over complicate nutrition. It can be as simple as this smoothie!

It's no secret - I'm a big Nuun fan! I spend a lot of time at high altitudes and getting in extra hydration is a constant effort. I find that if I'm not hydrated enough my muscles cramp and I feel lethargic and tired. Adding Nuun to water or a smoothie like I did here is a great way to get extra hydration in. And lest you think that with winter on the horizon you won't need extra hydration, trust me - you are losing more water than you think, even if you are hardly sweating. Nuun recently came out with a new product with vitamins. If you are anything like me and are always forgetting to take your supplements, this is a great way to get all the essentials in. The new vitamin tablets include vitamin E, C, A, calcium, magnesium and much more.

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Chef Vishal: Stuffed Peppers

We all want to eat better, but let's face it: sometimes our busy schedule gets in the way. The good news: this stuffed pepper is super easy to make, and you can substitute another protein for the ground turkey. The filling provides a great ‘burrito bowl’ base for lunch during the work week!

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Chef Vishal: Curried “Rice”

When I was growing up, a staple in most meals was shok, which essentially is blend of seeds and spices tempered with various vegetables. The end product is a wonderful side dish you can eat with rice, or any type of Indian bread.

“Riced’ cauliflower makes creating classic Indian shoks very easy. If you haven’t combined cauliflower with curry, then you’re missing out. The mint-yogurt help balance the heat coming from the spices to create a truly incredible dish.

BONUS! Sore or achy muscles? This recipe contains turmeric and ginger which are rich in anti-inflammatories to help alleviate sore and achy muscles.

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Chef Vishal: Roasted Vegetable Burrito Bowl

Fall marathons are coming up, and we've got the perfect carb-loarding recipe for the days leading up to your race. This burrito bowl is packed with healthy grains and nutrient-packed veggies. And for an easy weeknight meal, you can prep everything over the weekend and assemble later when you're ready to eat. And it's vegan-friendly!

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Eat This, Not That

With Fall officially kicking off this past week, we felt like it would be a good idea to post some tips on nutrition and hydration during a marathon. I give this advice to every athlete I work with: practice your fuel strategy. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to marathon nutrition. You have to find what works for you, as well as give your body time to adapt, and training runs are the best time to do that. The tips below are a good place to start, but won’t do you any good unless you incorporate them during training.

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long rides are about fuel and survival

Near the end of every year, cycling apparel brand Rapha poses a challenge to riders around the world: ride ​500 kilometers (around 310 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This may seem easy enough, but once you throw in the usually less-than-enjoyable weather that time of year, holidays (and the usual travel and family obligations that come with them), and the abbreviated daylight hours, it starts to get a little inconvenient.

I usually complete the Festive 500 by chipping away at the mileage a little every day, with a few days of rest here and there to make time for family and the holidays. This last year, with more obligations than ever, I decided to get a little crazy, and try and complete the distance in one ride, and convince some of my more gullible/adventurous friends to join me.

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