My first question when it comes to protein powder usually is, “but does it taste good?” There is nothing worse then chugging down a chalky, chemically-tasting concoction after a long day in the saddle. Honestly part of my motivation in staying on the bike during a particularly grueling segment, is the promise of a deliciously creamy smoothie when I finish. In my years of enduring (or dry swallowing) tacky protein powder, neither none have compared to the deliciousness of Floyd’s of Leadville CBD Recovery Vanilla Protein Powder. This innovative new protein powder brought to you by former pro cyclist Floyd Landis is one of my new favorites to consume after a workout. The nutritious ingredients, the unique taste, versatility of the product, and the connection to cycling really make this product a stand-out.

Floyd’s of Leadville & CBD

Floyd’s of Leadville Recovery Protein boasts claims of pain relief from the 25mg of CBD (Cannabinoid) contained in the product; it’s one of the main ingredient in their entire product line-up. CBD is defined as a non-psychoactive chemical found in the hemp and cannabis plant. It is taken without the side effects and highs that come from the psychoactive, cannabis flower. In recent studies on CBD, it has been found to be highly effective in treating pain and inflammation, and shown promising results on the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. CBD is loaded with antioxidants and omega 3’s, which are commonly considered to be the soldiers you want at the front lines fighting against inflammation.

Pro cyclists will tell you this is essential to the recovery process, especially Floyd Landis who has had many experiences treating pain and injury. For Landis, he describes discovering CBD as a way to tailor his pain management, “Soon I was no longer dependent on habit forming pills with their negative effects on my health. In fact, there were many, positive effects from CBD: I was pain free and for the first time in a long time. I started to feel happy.” Landis was one of – if not the first – former pro cyclists to share his experiences using the plant for pain relief and recovery. As a resident of Colorado, Landis began to introduce this super nutrient to the cycling masses, starting with CBD capsules as a replacement to pain medication, such as Ibuprofen. With the popularity of the capsules, Floyd’s of Leadville developed and expanded their product line to include more ways for cyclists to manage recovery naturally.

Floyd Landis with State Bicycle Co. for their series, “Riding Fixed, Up Mountains”. (2018, photo: State Bicycle Co.)

Observations

It’s hard to quantify the effectiveness the protein powder had on my immediate recovery, but I did feel consistently good after my rides without experiencing any muscle pain or fatigue. The product also contains nutrients and ingredients that are particularly attractive. The protein powder has 27g of protein per serving from whey protein isolate, there are 8.5g of BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) per serving, no artificial flavors, and organic materials only. It’s filled with ingredients essential for muscle repair and recovery, and it is easy on the digestive system – two important qualifications of an effective recovery protein for cyclists.

The vanilla flavor contains real organic vanilla beans, which really shines through the recovery protein and adds complexity to every concoction. I tried to utilize it in all sorts of ways beyond “just add water”, and I’ve actually found that the protein powder can be a great replacement for sweetener. I tested Floyd’s of Leadville in all the different forms including delicious smoothies and protein powered recovery bites. These are a great snack after a workout, or paired with a smoothie after a long ride. You can also crumble the bites and add them as a topping to your smoothie for a cookie dough-like flavor. You can even make these before your ride and then take them along with you in your jersey pocket – they are very portable. I have made these recovery snacks with other protein powders, but highly recommend The Floyd’s of Leadville vanilla flavor. It tastes like dessert and makes recovery a piece-of-cake.

You can get the recovery powder directly from Floyd’s of Leadville, or find it on the shop locator ($39.95, floydsofleadville.com)

RECIPES

BICYCLIST Protein Bites (BPB)

The size of these bites make for a convenient carry-on snack for long rides.

Ingredients:

1 cup of chopped walnuts (cashews and almonds also work)

1 cup of pitted dates (OR 1/2 cup of dates, 1/2 cup of raisins)

2 scoops of Floyd’s Of Leadville vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Optional: ¼ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips, 1 tbsp of coconut oil (to moisten)

Directions:

  1. Pulse walnuts separately in food processor or blender. Place aside in bowl.
  2. Add dates to food processor or blender and pulse to a paste-like consistency.
  3. Add date paste, along with the rest of the ingredients, to bowl of walnuts.
  4. Knead with your hands to combine.
  5. Roll into bite-sized balls, about 1” in diameter.
  6. Place bites in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 20 minutes to firm.
  7. Enjoy!

SoCal Recovery Smoothie (SRS)

Tropical and refreshing.

Ingredients:

2 scoops of Floyd’s of Leadville vanilla

2 cups of almond milk (or liquid of choice)

1 whole frozen banana

1/2 cup of frozen mango

1/2 cup of frozen pineapple

1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes

Optional add-in: 1 tsp of matcha powder for extra antioxidants

Directions:

  1. Blend until smooth
  2. Top with coconut flakes