I am basking in the cozy comfort of recovery after five challenging training days this week.  I love recovery days but find my mood is sour by the time I need one.  The cure? Amazing scrumptious food!

Recovery days for me are all about spiritual self-care and amazing food that touches me in a deep way, especially when shared with others.  The best recovery meals are shared with my hubby who loves food almost as much as I do.

For most of my week a good meal is something I enjoy, but am not entirely focused on due to preoccupation with work. When I can finally sit and relax, thinking about meals to cook and getting ingredients consumes me. It is truly healing!  Some promote chicken soup for the soul. But since I am vegan and believe soup does not require chicken to taste delicious, I take delight in conjuring up other nutritious options.

Today we walked down to a local produce market in our neighbourhood on the hunt for ingredients for smoothies and salad.  It was lots of fun shopping together and blending up our creation. Following is our recipe:

  • 1 papaya
  • 1 blood orange
  • Half a naval orange
  • 1 mango
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Half a cup of fresh carrot juice

I chill my ingredients for smoothies well in advance. There is nothing worse than a warm smoothie. I avoid adding ice as it waters down the flavours.

Recovery days are a time to nurture every part of you. Nothing wrong with breaking out the roller for sore quads.  After that, go to a deeper place. When you hit the pavement again, you will be ready.

Soul Food Recovery Day was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by Jerod Killick
  • I love papayas! Great article! I run ever so often. It’s a great total body workout.

  • Papayas are the best! I grab them from Whole Foods, but uber expensive.

  • Papayas are actually one of top five genetically modified crops, so be sure to buy the organic ones. Whole Foods usually carry organic but not all the time😉

  • ahhhh..yes…I think that is correct at WF. Had no idea about the GMO issue of most papayas. Modified for size I am sure.

  • Modified for more yield and disease resistance is usually the case.