Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pre Workout Meals

Carbon 38 black sports bra (use the promo code: CRYSTALJAR50 for 20% off!)
+ Zella leggings + Nike sneakers

I have received a few questions about what to eat before working out, so I thought I would do a blog post about my go-to's! I choose my pre-workout fuel based on the time I'm working out that day.

If I do an early morning workout (like 5 am or 6 am), I usually make a protein shake the night before.  I mix it up with all different kind of shakes.  Here is my common theme - low fat, low carb, high protein, and contains some fiber.  I have tried and like Shakeology, Quest Nutrition, 310 Shake and Advocare Pre-Workout.  Right now I am loving the brand Clovis's paleo friendly shakes.  They have a pre-workout formula that has natural caffeine, 10 grams of protein, 3 grams of prebiotic fiber, 9 net carbs and 6 grams BCAA's.  I usually drink half before my workout and half after.  If I'm out of time to drink a shake, I just grab a handful of almonds and walk out the door. Protein shakes can help prevent muscle breakdown, and refill your muscle energy to increase blood flow to your muscles.  

And, as always, I take my 2 Catalyst  pills and Spark 30 minutes before my workouts.  And my go to water obsession to keep me hydrated is Defiance Fuel: use code 30df for $50 off 5 cases of water.

If I am doing a later morning workout, in the 8-10 AM range, I like to eat a little something and have something in my belly.

Here some of my favorite pre-workout snacks:

Cottage Cheese - I get 2% cottage cheese that come in a 6-pack, which have 2.5 grams of fat, 90 calories, 7 carbs and 10 grams of protein. Plus cottage cheese has additional benefits. It contains a dairy protein called casein, which is a slow digesting dairy protein, so you will feel fuller longer. Casein also raises amino acid levels in your blood to give you sustained energy.

Protein Bar - again, always going for lower carb and higher fiber and protein.  My favorites are Quest Bars (a post on protein bars coming soon!).

Protein Shake- (see above)

Egg whites - on GG Crackers or wrapped in a low carb wrap

GG Crackers and almond/cashew butter

I always strive to give my body some protein before a workout and always lower (not zero) carb options.

Happy working out!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away

It's that time of year when rain seems to always be in the forecast.  This year in Nashville it feels like we've been under a constant rain cloud.  I'm always on the hunt for cute rain gear because it can be difficult to find.

My full time profession as a sales rep has me in and out of the car all day so owning a functional but stylish rain jacket is a must!  I constantly get asked by friends + clients about where to get a cute rain jacket so I know that this can be a hard item to come by.  

The adorable jacket I'm wearing above has great gold details which makes the jacket feel dressier.  It comes in many colors and I've been wearing out this olive color!  Crystal went to to try the jacket on in person at a local shop in Franklin called Hollie Ray Boutique and fell in love with it as well.  Local girls check out this super cute store located in the Westhaven neighborhood in Franklin. 
Crystal wearing the jacket in classic black

How cute is this mint color?!

I spotted this blush jacket the other day and will be purchasing soon!

I prefer an ankle height rain boot especially when paired with work outfits.  The taller boots feel a bit too clunky for me. These are a great price point!

Shop Below for more rainy day options!