So, haven't done one of these for a while, but have been meaning too. This is a product we use at my house ALL the time, like daily. And what's nice is it's cheap. These Nature Made Immuni-C packets are great! Just like Emergen-C, I just get the 72 packet Costco version to save some money, but you can find name brand Emergen-C on sale fairly often. Anyway, this baby is packed with 1000mg of a very absorbable kind of Vitamin C (better than pills), as well as 17 other vitamins and minerals. I put it in all of my smoothies or recovery drinks. Here's a quick recipe for the smoothies we do around here in our Magic Bullet (we have a Kohls generic one too that works great, just get em when they're on sale for like $20)
- 1 cup 100% juice, usually apple, sometimes orange, grape, or some other 100% blend
- However much more water you need for your desired consistency
- Packet of Immuni-C
- Splash of Flaxseed Oil (maybe a tablespoon?)
- Handful or raw spinach (no you really cannot taste either the spinach or oil)
Blend - the first blend is optional, it just helps blend the spinach finer
- Add a cup or so of frozen or fresh fruit - superfood blueberries are my favorite, bananas, pineapple are good too. We get a bag of blueberries and a bag of mixed fruit frozen from Costco to use
- A scoop (roughly 12-20grams worth) of protein depending on the workout length, intensity, and body weight. I use 100% whey isolate for long or hard workouts and post race, a blend of isolate and concentrate like Interphase for not as intense workouts.
- A scoop of HEED or Carbopro (if you use HEED and juice together the drink will be really sweet, just fyi) to get to that 3:1 or 4:1 carb to protein ratio
Blend and drink!
If I don't have time for a smoothie or I'm away from home I'll just do the water, Immuni-C, protein, carb powder in a water bottle and shake it up. You can even add the powders in there before hand so you just have to add water, no measuring away from home. The recovery powders like Ultragen or Recoverite are great, I just prefer the fresher nutrients and lower cost of my shakes when I'm home. I will use the powders after races sometimes though for convenience sake.
If the shake is not a recovery shake, just something during the day, leave our the carb powder, and the juice for that matter if you want, which is just in there for more quick absorbing carbs. We don't usually need more help getting carbs in our regular everyday diet. You may also use less protein. And if I haven't had a shake at all in a day (which is rare, I try to get all that good stuff in every day) or if I'm feeling a cold or illness come on I'll just have a Immuni-C packet in a 6oz glass of cold water. I'll do 2-3/day with a cold. Doesn't taste horrible alone, but some people think it's an odd taste, I don't mind it for what it gives me.
So there you go. Want a packet or two? I'm not going to do this contest style, you just leave me a comment in the comments and I will send the first 10 people some! Unless we see each other regularly, email me at email@example.com with your address and a message mentioning this post and I'll send some out. Happy Friday all!
* NOTE: My costco stopped carrying this brand, so you'll want to look for Emergen-C. 5-31-11