Post a sweaty run on a humid day, reaching out for that neon-coloured drink might seem like the best choice. But energy drinks are not the only choice! Mother Nature has a vast number of healthier options that can not only refresh and recharge muscles but also boost performance. They can be consumed before or after runs, taste incredible and are probably present in your refrigerator. So lay off that coffee, tea and those energy drinks; listen to your nutritionists and dieticians and opt for something fresher, healthier and cheaper. We’re talking about home-made juice blends for runners.
Some of the top juices for runners to consume before or after their sprint are:
- Berrylicious pink
The dark pigments present in berries like blueberries, pomegranates and red grapes help in reducing damage caused by exercise. These pigments help in rebuilding cells and keep cholesterol levels in check. For this berrylicious drink, you need to add a cup of blueberries, a cup and a half of red grapes, around two stalks of celery and one cup of pomegranate arils in a blender and mix until a thick consistency is formed. The best part? This juice blend for runners only has 189 calories that will quickly get burnt in the next running session!
- Rooty red
Beetroots and ginger might seem like a unique mixture, but with their benefits combined; this concoction makes for one of the best juices for runners. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help in calming an upset stomach. Beets consist of nitric-oxide that help oxygenate the blood and are known to enhance a runner's performance. For this deep red drink, you will need to add two chopped up beets, one pear, a small knob of ginger, and half a cucumber into a blender and churn until it forms a smooth red liquid drink. Consume it an hour before your run as it contains barely 154 calories, which can be burnt in less than 15 minutes.
- Ginger-turmeric delight
Mix things up a little with this juice blend – once you make it, freeze it in ice trays and melt and consume post your run. To make this, you will need a chopped apple, a small chunk of ginger, a slice of lemon and a few pinches of turmeric. Churn it in a blender till it forms a transparent yellow drink that looks very much like apple juice. This is one of the best juice blends for runners as ginger and turmeric have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that could help heal any wounds that might have been sustained after running. They also help with soothing aches and strains. Paired with lemon, it makes for the perfect post-sweat refresher and is only 150 calories!