Workout energy Boost!
There comes a time when we decide it is time to get into a regular workout routine.
Well, for some of us that is. 🙂
I really don’t have a special routine but I do try to get into the pool daily which really gives my joints a reprieve from a regular workout such as jogging, etc.
Gosh, I haven’t “jogged” in a long, long time.
But that doesn’t mean that “healthy thoughts” don’t enter my brain processes.
Well, sometimes they enter and leave in almost the same instance. 🙂
BUT…on those days that I think about what I am putting into my body, …I want to be sure I am the hostess with the mostest for all my good intentions.
Hence, my research has determined that… believe it or not….carbs are very important. I would say that carbs for the most part has always been my best friend. 🙂
However, one must mix up the complex carbs and the simple carbs to release the amount of energy needed during a workout. In other words, the carbs should be released slow and steady for the best results.
This is why whole wheat toast with fruit (which is both types of carbs) are a bonus, because they are also easier to digest.
Fruit adds the energy boost while the complex carbs in the whole wheat toast allow you to keep your workout going without a “draining” effect.
Now, every one knows that bananas raise potassium levels (and they taste good too)…and when you sweat during your workout, the levels drop. So this is a good thing.
For added “punch” to your snack, if you add a pinch of cinnamon…you will be stabilizing blood sugar and improving your brain function. (I eat a lot of cinnamon) 😉
After your workout…it is better to eat another snack…
(No, not a hamburger and fries, although that does sound good right about now)…but an apple sandwich made up of raisins, unsweetened peanut butter, cinnamon and oats! Yummy!
OR you may cut your apples in wedges and use the honey-oat mixture as a dip.
Both recipes are below…so go forth and eat and workout and eat again….
Do you have a “before and after” snack on your workout days?
Have a great Wednesday….and for my dear readers in the Southwest, stay safe in the rains and floods which are being produced by Hurricane Odile.
- 1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar)
- 1/2 sliced banana
- pinch of cinnamon
- Spread the natural peanut butter over the toasted whole wheat bread and add sliced bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- I like to make my own peanut butter by pulverizing peanuts in my Vita Mixer. It just takes a few minutes and I know it is completely natural.;)
- 1 tbsp rolled oats
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsps peanut butter (unsweetened)
- 3/4 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1 granny smith apple (small)
- 1 tart red apple of choice (small)
- Mix the oats, cinnamon, peanut butter, honey and raisins in a small bowl.
- Slice the apples in slices (about 1/4 inch)
- Make "Sandwiches" by spreading the oat mixture between two slices of apples.
- Any apple will work for this recipe. Choose your favorite. I make my peanut butter in my vita mixer by using nothing but the peanuts. It takes just a few minutes and I know my peanut butter contains no additives. 🙂 But you can certainly use store bought!