Clients are always asking me “What should I Eat Before and After a Workout?” It is such a big topic and people are genuinely confused. They read an article in a fitness magazine that says “eat protein” so they load up on protein. Then they will see on TV don’t eat before a work out, so they will come to the gym starving and have a terrible workout. And still another article or show will say eat carbohydrates! All the media contradicts eachother. No wonder we are all so confused.
So I decided to hold a workshop at my gym last weekend on this topic. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Brian from Cinderella Strong for inviting me to speak to his fantastic group of women. Finally, Congratulations to Nancy Casey for winning the Nutribullet!
First of all let me say that I am a firm believer in bio-Individuality. Meaning, everyone is different. No one way of eating works for everyone. What works for me might be terrible for you and vice versa. I used to eat a hardboiled egg every morning before going to the gym. I would get terrible indigestion. I felt horrible and my workouts suffered! So I experimented with different things until I came up the perfect food for me.
I love smoothies! You can fuel your body up with tons of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in a simple drink! You get so much energy from a smoothie and it fills you up so your stomach isn’t grumbling half way through a workout or mid morning sitting at your desk at work.
I especially love them because you can get your kids to drink them too! Think about getting vegetables in you and your child’s diet first thing in the morning! You can pack almost a days worth of frutis and veggies in one meal! And it’s only breakfast!
For me, I exercise about an hour after waking up, so I will save my smoothie for after my workout. I usually grab a handful of almonds before heading off to the gym. They are filling, keep me satisfied so I can get through a workout without being hungry, and I digest them well so I don’t get indigestion.
Here is my smoothie after my workout this morning.
First I started with celery, Parsley, and a cucumber.
I added a banana, for sweetness, and a piece of ginger. There are so many health benefits of ginger, it improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body, stops nausea, is an anti-inflammatory, and it helps reduce flatulence!
Strawberries, blueberries, spinach and kale.
Almond milk, filtered water, flax seeds (for protein and good fats to keep you full), cinnamon, and vanilla.
Now I have been drinking smoothies for years, so I got really good at eye balling quantities and combinations. A few clients tried to make their smoothie this way and they commented on how “yucky” it tasted. So my rule of thumb is follow a recipe, see what you like and continue to make them until you get comfortable with the “eyeball” method!
I like to keep all my seeds and grains in Ball Jars. I had a grain bug issue this winter, YUCK! Not Fun!!!
They multiply by the millions! Really Millions. The eggs are so tiny they look like small poppy seeds. Needless to say, my pantry is now all bar jars, (and really clean) labeled like the one above!
I like to double or triple my recipe, so that either I can share and make it for my husband and daughter, or save it for the next day and save time!
This is my husband’s this morning. My boys go to the University of Alabama so we like to think of them daily! ROLL TIDE!
If I don’t have time to make my own almond milk, this is my favorite. It is non-gmo and they don’t include carrageenan. The problem: carrageenan could be causing inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer. Stay Away, and read your labels! Many food manufacturers—even some makers of commercial organic foods—are adding “carrageenan” to foods like yogurt, chocolate, soymilk, and even ice cream to give the foods a thicker consistency and to make low-fat versions taste fuller.
A handful each of spinach and kale
few sprigs of parsley
1 kirby cucumber
2 satlks of celery
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
a small chunk of fresh ginger
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
water and ice to desired consistancy.
Blend and enjoy. I use my Vitamix, my absolutely favorite kitchen item that I could NOT live without!
So enjoy your nutrient rich, energy packed, delicious smoothie!
Keep me posted and let me know what you have been making! I love pictures too!
Remember…Life is a Journey so Enjoy Your Journey!