How to make the perfect post-workout cocktail

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You've just ripped through a workout and you're thirsty. Not for another protein shake. Not for some colored, sugary sports drink. 

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No, you want a cocktail that will quench your thirst, cool you down, and maybe even give you a little buzz to go with your endorphin rush. Sure, it isn't the greatest post-workout option, but sometimes you just need to "treat yo self." 

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That's why we have friends like Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios and the national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who gave us the perfect post-workout cocktail that will have you sipping, smiling, and sustaining those gains you just worked so hard for.

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Slim Sangria

5 ounces red wine
1/2 small orange
1/2 small apple
1/4 lime, cut into slices
1/4 lemon, cut into slices

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"This post workout drink will supply carbohydrates, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals to support recovery," says White. Red wine is also full of antioxidants, and according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, contains ellagic acids, which were found to delay fat-cell growth and inhibit the development of new fat cells. 

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White recommends drinking at least one glass of water for each cocktail consumed, as well as eating an appetizer high in protein to aid muscle recovery. 

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So sit down, drink up, and enjoy, but remember, anything more than two drinks can turn your recharging session into a boozy trip down drunken munchie lane. 

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