I hope you all had a relaxing Sunday. I just got back in to California. I’m really excited, but so so so so so so so so sad to leave DC and Virginia! Kasey over at http://powercakes.net/ started a new challenge, and I haven’t been keeping up as much as I wanted to. The challenge is to post a new powermeal recipe every Sunday and link it to her blog so that all of us fitness and food freaks can share ideas! Last week I shared my recipe for clean chicken salad. I was trying to think of what I could share this weekend when I realized that I’ve mentioned the importance of a pre- and post-workout meal, but have never shared mine!
Though there are many different opinions, the plan that I am on now dictates that I have carbs and protein only surrounding my workout. So no fats! (Healthy fats of course, never bad fats!) It’s always really difficult to convince people that that they need to eat before and after they workout. So many think that if they don’t eat before a workout, then they’ll burn the fat that they have instead of the food they eat. Do you really think you’re body is going, “Hmm, no food in awhile, I’ll just eat the fat that’s been lingering on your hips for that past ten years.”? Not going to happen! You need food for energy before your workout, and food to recover post workout. Getting shredded actually requires the shredding and tearing of your muscles, if you want them to repair themselves and grow on top of that, then you need to fuel your body.
I find it really hard to eat a full meal before AND after my workout without becoming a pukefest, so I choose a protein shake. I’m a creature of habit, and I usually have the same one every day:)
Berry Workout Shake
Makes 2 servings (feel free to modify the amounts based on your workout burn)
1 cup oats
2 scoops protein powder
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 banana or apple
3 drops stevia extract
1/8-1/4 cup water
LOTS of ice!
- Blend everything but the ice in a blender
- Add ice and blend again!
**Drink 1/2 30 minutes before your workout, and half within 30 minutes after your workout**