Post workout meal recipes for the active stoner

Published Mar 11, 2019 01:30 p.m. ET

 Until recently marijuana has been widely accepted as a performance-enhancing drug in the world of professional athletes. While that may sound strange to the average Joe, who likely assumes getting high means binge eating and lazing about there is some actual science behind this claim. Stoner athletes have the advantage of being able to push themselves longer and harder through training because of THC that is capable of dulling pain. What they aren't considering for is the more adverse effects including cognitive impairment and delayed reaction times leaving much more room for error. While it probably isn't the best idea to get high, using cannabis products such as edibles in your post-workout recipes may be just the added boost you have been looking for.

Benefits of consuming cannabis infused food post workout

Every athlete knows that after a good workout the next few hours can be difficult and painful to recuperate from. Most also know that staying hydrated is an essential part of the healing process as your muscles rebuild and repair themselves. Often supplements like ibuprofen, protein, and creatine are used to speed up recovery times but the latest supplement to hit that same recovery list is marijuana. While we know that marijuana use has almost no effect on the process of protein synthesis in the muscles, there have been no studies to prove whether or not cannabis is catabolic meaning whether or not it has the ability to clean out areas surrounding the muscles of debris which would, in turn, reduce inflammation and swelling. Since there is plenty out there, we aren't sure it is best to focus on what we do know which is:

  • Using THC post workout will delay the onset of DOMS aka muscle soreness which can make a recovery more tolerable.
  • Relief obtained from using marijuana is like that of an Advil or Tylenol.
  • CBD strains are beneficial for its anti-inflammatory properties making it the perfect addition to post-workout recipes as it will help to reduce swelling and pain due to inflammation.
  • Edibles are the healthiest way to consume cannabis-infused edibles.
  • THC has a calming effect.
  • Cannabis contains high levels of protein.
  • Marijuana is full of carbohydrates which can help to improve overall brain function.
  • Essential proteins including 20 amino acids are found in marijuana. Proteins are helpful in repairing torn or injured body tissues.
  • Minerals that can help to maintain healthy water levels and ideal bone density are found in cannabis.

Post workout recipes

Stoner athletes ideal post workout meal recipes will likely depend on personal preference as well as the time of day you choose to get active. Either of these recipes can be adjusted according to your personal preference. Playing with adjustments may even inspire you to create your own high protein workout recipe.

High protein cannabis flour pancakes

With absolutely no refined grains or sugar these pancakes are made using only the healthiest most wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 egg whites
  • 4 tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of cannaflour
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed meal
  • additional garnishings like peanut butter, honey, or maple syrup
  • fruit or nuts

Tools

  • blender
  • non-stick frying pan
  • spatula

Instructions

  1. Pour all pre-measured ingredients into a blender and mix on medium speed for one minute.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. An excellent way to test the temperature is to drop one single droplet of water onto the center of the pan. If it sizzles, then it is ready to go.
  3. Pour ½ cup of the batter at a time into individual pancakes as many as you feel comfortable fitting. Remember, if they touch they will stick and be more difficult to flip.
  4. Drop any additional fruits or nuts into the pancakes now if you have them.
  5. Fry each side of the pancakes for 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked.
  6. Garnish with your favorite flavor of topping and enjoy while hot!

Garlic shrimp quinoa

This delicious post workout recipe is perfect for any active stoner athletes that are looking for a pick me up later in the day.

Ingredients for Quinoa

  • ½ tbsp of cannaoil
  • ½ of an onion finely diced
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • ½ tsp of chili powder
  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • ¼ tsp of salt and pepper mix
  • 2 cups of veggie stalk (any flavor)
  • 2 tbsp of parsley

Ingredients for Shrimp

  • ½ tsp of cannaoil
  • ½ pound of raw shrimp
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp of chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

To finish you will also need

  • chopped fresh parsley
  • half of a lemon

Tools

  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 large pot and lid
  • 1 frying pan and lid

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa using a fine mesh strainer and rinsing it under cold water.
  2. Heat over medium heat one portion of cannaoil in a large pot.
  3. Pour in prepared garlic and onions and cook for 4 minutes or until onions appear almost done.
  4. Add chili powder, quinoa, and salt and pepper. Cooking for one minute.
  5. Pour in your chosen broth. Bring it to a rolling boil.
  6. Once it starts boiling, you can reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the pot from the burner and mix in parsley.
  8. Now cook your shrimp by heating the second portion of cannaoil over a medium heat to a frying pan. Once you hear it sizzle, you can add the shrimp, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  9. Sautee the ship until they are no longer translucent.
  10. Add garlic and cook for two additional minutes before removing it from the burner.
  11. Mix quinoa and shrimp together inside of the pot and add parsley and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  12. Serve immediately.
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