Before I go into this recipe, I want to say please don’t be like me.
“Why?” you ask.
Because while I was sampling this recipe, I discovered a new food allergy — pineapple. And I ignored it. Because, clearly, that’s what all the smart people do. (Actually, no, it’s not.) And while I survived relatively unscathed with a swollen tongue as proof of my newfound allergy, food allergies are no joke. So don’t be like me and push through an allergic reaction — it could be disastrous.
Whew, OK, so with that said, let’s proceed…
I originally tried this recipe out after a long run, and can I just tell y’all that it was perfectly refreshing? Because it was.
And because, despite the reaction I had afterward, it tasted pretty darn good, too.
The recipe, itself, is super simple and is adapted from The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook, a book lent to me by my Rouge-Orleans teammate, Katie. The recipes found in the book are fascinating, and of the few I have tried, I have enjoyed them all. However, this recipe jumped out as something to drink post-workout, and I just had to make it.
And while I’m no longer going to risk it where pineapple is involved, y’all better believe I’ll be whipping this up sans-pineapple and perhaps adding a peach instead.
Check it out:
- ¼ cup chopped fresh pineapple
- 4 strawberries, hulled
- 1½ cups chilled water
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (Richard’s recipe calls for ¼ cup sugar)
- Puree the pineapple and strawberries in a blender.
- Strain the puree with a fine strainer to extract all the juice. (I skipped this step because my fine strainer is in the dishwasher, and I didn’t feel like scrubbing it done. Oops?)
- Combine the strained fruit puree and the water, then add sugar to taste.
- Pour over a few ice cubes, then enjoy!
Here are my thoughts:
Was this recipe simple to make? Definitely.
Would I make this again? Yes, but I’d substitute out the pineapple for something else.
Other thoughts/ideas about the recipe? I’m glad I only added a tablespoon plus a teaspoon of sugar (which is still A TON) because this drink was more than sweet. Next time, I’d try adding less to see how it tasted.
Do you have a go-to post-workout drink? If so, what is it? If not, what do you think would be awesome after a workout?