Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pre Workout Meals

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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!


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