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Rest and Recovery Formula Alternatives

So yesterday I wrote about the little experiment I did with the P90X Results and Recovery Formula and came to the subjective conclusion it was magical because Recovery Formula does what it says (replenishes, repairs and reduces soreness) for not only P90X users but Insanity, Asylum, Body Beast, TurboFire… well, you get the drift. And while I guess that’s not all that magical since Recovery Formula is based on science and stuff, I’ll still say its Orange-cicle flavor works. Like magic.

But say you’re a little short on cash. Say you forget to pack your Recovery Formula when you’re on the road or need a quick and dirty recovery formula fix after a hard round of P90X or Asylum or Body Beast?

While the alternatives aren’t as “exactly” formulated, there are alternative solutions.

But wait! “That don’t make no sense” you say. “The only way Coach Dan receives any compensation for time and effort is when I purchase of Beachbody products like Recovery Formula off How Do I Get Fit… and here he is offering up a “free” alternative? What the…?” OK, so maybe you’re not so concerned about that aspect but,  well, I believe I’d be a sucktastic coach if I pretended there weren’t alternatives out there and I want you to succeed most of all… so here it is!

Recovery Formula Alternative

  • 12 oz. Grape or Apple Juice (orange and others are too acidic)
  • 2 TBSP. vanilla whey protein

Mix. Drink. That’s it.

So how does it taste?

It’s sugar water flavored with fruit and vanilla. The smart money is on the home made stuff tasting pretty good.

If you’re a label reader, you might notice it doesn’t have the extra goodies like vitamins A,B and E, arginine, creatine, or glutamine like the straight up Recovery Formula does but we’re talking down and dirty here. And since we’re talking low and grubby, here’s a quick cost breakdown: $11.00-$16.00 for four 96 oz. containers of juice (a 30 day supply) and another $5-6 for the protein. That’s about $17-$22 for a self made option (.73 a serving) if you’re not adding creatine, glutamine and the vitamins. If you ever wanted to go head to head with all the added aminos and vitamins, it’s probably pretty close to the same price give a Lincoln or so. I’m paying for convenience and time (1.30 per serving).

Vegan Recovery Formula Alternative

But that’s not all! There’s also a few Vegan recovery options out there as well of you want to go at it from a whole foods, plant based approach. This requires quite a bit more measuring and prep and does have much more fiber (which will slow the simple sugar uptake response) and fats (hemp seed has aminos but also fat- which slows the insulin response as well) so it doesn’t operate off the “magical” 4:1 research Recovery Formula is based on.

However, if you’d like to go the plant based route, you could remove the spinach (which loses its glutamine component) and hemp seed for something more akin to 4:1.

  • 1/2 C. Almond milk
  • 1/2 C. Coconut water
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Dates
  • 1 TBSP. Raw organic honey
  • 1 TBSP. hemp seed(could use chia as well)
  • 1/2 TBSP. Maca
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder (Garden of Life, Sunwarrior)
  • A fist full of spinach
  • Ice

Blend n blender. Drink.

This mix tastes very good but all said, it ain’t cheap. With the amount of natural ingredients it uses, you’re looking at $3.00+ per serving.

Choose The Recovery Formula Aligned With Your Goals

Either way you go a post workout recovery option will go a looooong way in how you feel the next day and bringing your body back on line after a punishing workout. DO KEEP IN MIND: the carb/protein ration must be in the range of 3:1 to 5:1 for maximum effectiveness. In other words, don’t just drink 12 oz. of apple juice. :)

If you You have a few weapons of choice. Choose wisely and go with the one that works best for you.

For questions or genuine help with P90X or Insanity from a P90X Certified Coach , email me here or at dan@howdoigetfit.com. Better yet, let’s get you the support you need through making me your Beachbody Coach right here. 

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