Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fuel Your Workout

Earlier this week my friends at StayFitAnywhere, published their August newsletter. The SFA Press is a great monthly resource for fitness tips, and lately I have been contributing with articles on relevant nutrition topics as well.

This month, I shared with readers some tips on how to Fuel Your Workout.
This is a topic I am very familiar with, as my husband is currently training to compete in the Ironman Canada race later this month! This epic event, and the grueling training it requires is only possible with
proper nutrition.

In the article I mention that dates, or energy balls or bars made with dates are an excellent pre-workout snack, providing easily digested simple carbohydrates which your body can use as energy. Meanwhile smoothies which incorporate carbohydrates, fats and proteins make a great recovery, or post-workout snack. Here are some recipes that
we make at home, which help fuel the Ironman training, and my prenatal fitness regime! These will help you to get you going, ensure that you to get the most out
of your workouts!

Raw Energy Balls
-3 cups cashews and almonds (soak in water for at least 1 hour first, then drain)
- 2 cups pitted dates
-1/2 cup figs or raisins
-1/4 cup hemp seeds
-1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
-unsweetened shredded coconut

1) Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Add a little water if necessary.
2) Roll mixture into balls
3) Coat balls in shredded coconut
4) Keep in sealed container in the fridge, and enjoy throughout the week

These make a great snack for kids too. Let them get involved and get messy making them, this can replace the sugar-filled baking that families normally enjoy together.


Recovery Smoothie
1/2 cup plain, organic, full fat yogurt
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup other fruit on hand, or frozen
1-2 tsps ground flax and or hemp seeds
1 tsp unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil (if desired)
1 tsp kelp powder (available in Whole Foods in bulk bin section...cheap!)
small handful of spinach or other greens on hand
1/2 tsp honey if desired
some water

Blend all ingredients together, and enjoy. You can add a Whole Foods based supplement, if desired.

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