Nutrition plays a big role in fueling for, and getting the most out of your workout. Today for Good Food Friday, I share examples of pre and post workout meals!
Before a workout, you want to focus mostly on carbohydrates to give you energy and some protein. For example: strawberry oatmeal or apple with peanut butter. For my clients who are workout junkies I recommend Celsius in lieu of a powdered pre-workout supplement. It’s zero-calorie and has 200 mg of caffeine, which is about twice that of a cup of coffee you just want to stay below 400 mg per day. Some research suggests that caffeine in moderation stimulates thermogenesis, which may increase the amount of calories you burn in a workout.
Smoothies are another great pre-workout option. I shared one made with BONE BROTH. BONE BROTH is incredibly nutrient-dense and a good source of collagen protein, which makes up the majority of our skin, joints and bones.
On the go:
Protein is important for building and repairing muscles – this is a convenient, high quality source – grass-fed beef sticks and pasture-raised turkey sticks by Paleovalley. They are made with organic spices and have been preserved through natural fermentation so they don’t have any added nitrates or nitrites. My favorites are the jalapeno and cranberry orange. You can pair them with a piece of fruit or toast with jam to build an energizing pre-workout snack around them.
For post workout, we want to focus on more protein like salmon and slow-digesting, complex carbohydrates. I shared my salmon with summer salsa and brown rice. This meal will also help meet one of your recommended two servings of seafood per week. Seafood is not only a good source of protein and omega-3 fats, it contains a slew vital nutrients that are hard to get from other foods like vitamin D and B12. Join me in taking the pledge to eat seafood twice a week HERE!