A Little Protein, Please!

I know what you're thinking... "I just finished my workout, now GIVE ME FOOD!" 

We've all been there. You know, feeling famished after a good workout, ready to eat anything in sight, and hoping that thing in your sight just so happens to be a plate of French Fries or a super-sized candy bar. But, while we did just burn calories that feel worthy of an indulgent treat, it's important to remember that, after a workout, we want to refuel with foods that are both delicious AND nutritious! 

According to WebMD, a snack or meal high in protein after your workout is a real winner because the protein "helps your muscles recover and grow." And because the more muscle we have the more calories we burn, muscle recovery and growth is VERY important. It’s also important to remember to get your protein in within the first 60 minutes after that hardcore workout. 

Are you wondering what would make a great post-workout snack? One thing the Chrysalid Team loves for a little post-workout goodness is Spicy Peppadew Pepper Hummus with fresh veggies like carrots, bell pepper and cucumber...and sometimes chips. 

This hummus is a delicious concoction that came together because of my mutual love of hummus and peppadew peppers (aka sweet piquante peppers). There's something about sweet and spicy that brings me pure joy! 

What You Need:  

  • 2 cups cooked Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
  • 3/4 cups Peppadew Peppers (aka Sweet Piquante Peppers)
  • 1/4 cups Jalapeno Peppers (Mild, Medium or Hot, depending on your spice love)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (You can roast or not)
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika (Optional) 
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 
  • Cayenne (Optional)

What You Do:   Throw everything listed into the blender or food processor and blend until smooth. I've added some of the peppadew pepper and jalapeño juices in for flavor and to help loosen the mixture initially, but that is optional. 

While the spice of the peppadew peppers is quite mild, I do understand that even the slightest touch of spice can set some taste buds on fire. With that in mind, try this recipe with roasted red peppers to replace both the peppadews and the jalapeños. If you like eggplant, you can roast some eggplant and use that instead. Or maybe you could roast some garlic for a roasted garlic hummus. If all else fails, go to the grocery store and buy the flavor combo that speaks to you. The point is that hummus is a nice way to get in that post-workout protein.