Healthy Cannabis Edible Recipes To Help With Recovery
There are few things in life more satisfying than a difficult workout.
For many, tired, slightly sore muscles are a reward for pushing one’s physical limits, and soon enough those muscles will become stronger and have better stamina to work even harder in the next training session. Yet, before you jump back into the gym, you need to give your body time to recover from a particularly grueling workout. An important step in recovery is refueling your body, which provides your muscles with the right nutrients to repair and strengthen their fibers — and if you can combine the right food with the right cannabis compounds, you have a surefire recipe for fast recovery.
Cannabis compounds can aid in exercise recovery in a few different ways. Primarily, cannabinoids reduce inflammation and pain, which gives the body more opportunities to address damage done during workouts. It is easier than ever to buy marijuana products from a Michigan dispensary and cook them into your own edibles to boost your after-exercise recovery. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
There are so many different variations on energy balls, bars, and bites that you could experiment for years without making the same recipe twice. The best post-workout energy balls will have plenty of whole foods, which have the right nutrients to repair damaged muscle fibers, and protein, which muscles need to grow stronger.
Some energy bites include honey, which you can infuse at home using the cannabis strain of your choice, but if you would rather skip the sweets, you can add a few drops of your favorite cannabis oil to the recipe without affecting flavor. Ideally, you should opt for a high-CBD strain or product, which will do more to reduce inflammation and facilitate recovery.
Here is my favorite post-workout energy bite recipe, which you are welcome to replicate in your own way:
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 2 Tbsp infused honey
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour before separating into 24 tablespoon-sized balls. Keep refrigerated.
If energy bites aren’t your style — if you need something faster to make and consume on the fly — you want a protein shake. However, mixing protein powder with water or milk isn’t enough to fill your nutrient needs, especially after a particularly grueling training session. You should be adding whole foods, like fruits and nuts, to your shake to get the micronutrients essential for efficient recovery. As with the energy bites, it is easy to adjust the recipe with drops of cannabis oil or tincture to your dosage preference.
My favorite fast, convenient, and completely nutritious protein shake recipe is as follows:
- 1/2 frozen banana, sliced, or 4 florets frozen cauliflower
- 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen spinach
- 2 Tbsp vanilla or plain protein powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 3 milligrams cannabis oil
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.
Usually, immediately after your workout, you want something packed with energy to refuel your body — hence, the energy balls and protein shake. However, later in the day, you want to give your body something with a bit more nutritive substance, but not something that will weigh you down or make you feel bloated and bad. Enter: the salad.
Salads are high in all sorts of nutrients as well as fiber, which can keep you full and your metabolism running without adding empty calories. I like to mix up a cannabis-infused salad dressing to dose my daily dish of greens, but you can also drop cannabis oils directly onto your salad — or even mix raw buds into your bowl, though this won’t give you the benefit of cannabinoids in your workout recovery.
My favorite salad is packed with protein:
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 1/4 cup chicken or tofu
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 2 cup black beans
- 2 Tbsp chickpeas
- 2 Tbsp edamame
- 1/4 cup sliced carrot
- 1/2 tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup sprouted broccoli
- 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 cups spinach
Heat oil in a skillet, and add diced garlic. Season both sides of chicken or tofu with Cajun spices, and cook in skillet for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from skillet, drain, and slice or dice chicken or tofu. Drain all beans, and mix together all ingredients. Dress to taste.