Amy, I avidly participate in yoga. What's a great Old Orchard recipe post work out?

Yoga is a fantastic way to help get your body and mind physically fit. I always seem struggle a bit with my flexibility and stamina at the beginning of class but by the end I feel stronger and more centered. Your question is great because consuming a healthy diet can not only help you during yoga but also assist with adequate body and mind recovery after your yoga session. The first thing I recommend post workout is to rehydrate. Water is certainly important but I advise that you choose other types of fluids as well. Old Orchard has many juices that would be great for rehydration purposes post workout. You could incorporate any of the 100% juices into a colorful smoothie or choose the 100% Tart Cherry Juice to help ease muscle soreness. Chocolate milk is an incredible post yoga drink because it contains a combination of protein and carbohydrates to help repair muscles and help replenish glycogen stores that were depleted during the workout. Many of my friends are big into coconut water post workout. It is filled with a healthy dose of electrolytes that you may have lost during the yoga session.

You can also help your body rehydrate by choosing foods that have a high water content. You might try a mixed fruit salad. Be sure to add juicy fruits like oranges, grapefruit and berries. I tend to top my fruit salad with homemade granola made with Old Orchard’s 100% Apple Juice (click here to view all recipes). This adds a little protein and fiber and I love the crunch that it brings. You may also whip up another personal favorite which are Old Orchard Apple Juice Muffins! They are also made with apple juice and are a sweet but healthy way to snack after yoga. You might also try a dark green salad or green smoothie. Green leafy veggies like spinach, kale, collard greens and arugula add a beneficial anti-inflammatory kick to your diet and are also a great source of B vitamins. Another great post workout meal can be as basic as a sandwich. If I know my yoga class will end close to suppertime I plan ahead and have a pre-made turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread ready to go. I like to add sliced avocado and goat cheese to my sandwich. I pair this meal with my favorite Old Orchard juice which is Cranberry Healthy Balance. This meal helps me re fuel by giving me complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and a good dose of healthy fat that my body needs to perform at its best.

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