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Pre and Post Workout Nutrition | What to eat and what to avoid

Pre and Post Workout Nutrition | What to eat and what to avoid

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Contrary to common belief, breaking out a sweat on a daily basis might not be the most crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. It's even more important to pay attention to what we put into our bodies. Eating wholesome sources of macronutrients and micronutrients will affect us more than exercising will in the long run. Bearing this in mind, what we eat around our workout can either supplement, or negate all of our hard work. Here's some information to help you get a grasp of what to eat and what to avoid for pre and post workout nutrition.

Pre workout nutrition

What should we eat before working out? The answer to this is protein and carbohydrates. An article by Bodybuilding.com explains that two to three hours prior to training, protein sources that are high in tyrosine can make you feel more alert and energized. In the same way, slow-digesting carbohydrates that are low in fiber but high in a sugar called amylose can help you maintain a steady blood sugar level. This will keep you feeling satiated throughout your workout. The article also uses a formula to calculate, a range how much protein and carbohydrates you should be eating according to you weight.

Protein sources that are high in tyrosine include egg whites, cottage cheese, seaweed, spirulina, red meat, and white meat. High-amylose carbohydrates include potatoes (red/white/sweet), yams, oats, whole wheat pasta, and different types of rice.

Post workout nutrition

Immediately after your workout, you should try to drink a glass (500ml) of fat-free milk. Several studies concluded that when you drink fat free milk after your workout, you can increase lean body mass, improve your strength, and reduce your body fat. This stands in contrast to soy milk and other caloric-dense beverages that were tested for the same purpose. Likewise, if you’re able to get your hands on20-25g of whey protein right after a workout, it can have the same effect. There's a bonus: your body will absorb whey protein a lot faster. When it’s time to eat a solid meal, aim for one of the protein sources listed above, along with the vegetables of choice and fast digesting carbohydrates like white potatoes. This will help you to replenish your glycogen levels!

Also, try to avoid eating fats right after working out, as they have the tendency to slow down food digestion, making it slower for your muscles to absorb any protein. Nuts, avocados and other sources of fat are great in between meals, or before bed.

Let's not forget how crucial water intake is before and after our workout and throughout the day. Prior to your workout and with a large meal, drink about 12-16oz of water (about 1 cup and a half to 2 cups). Neglecting water intake can affect your kidneys in the long run!

Something that I’ve learned is that we are all unique: be it through our genes, our metabolism, everything! A pre and post workout nutrition regimen that may work for others may not work for me, and vice versa. Give these tips a try and see how they work for you!

About the author.

Valentina Selviz is a food and fitness blogger getting her degree in Nutrition, and a certification in Personal Training. Check her out on her social media accounts and her blog for macro friendly recipes and fitspo!

Instagram/ Pump Up: @valselviz

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These homemade protein bars are the perfect pre-workout snack

These homemade protein bars are the perfect pre-workout snack

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You probably have many (or all) of these ingredients in your pantry. These delicious homemade protein bars make the perfect snack before your workout. It's sweetened with natural jam, honey, bananas, and cranberries. Oatmeal and coconut flakes give it a bit of body and texture.The only tricky part is smoothing the top of the mixture as you lay it flat in a rectangular baking tin. Otherwise, it's a fuss-free recipe you're going to want to make again and again! Ingredients (for 4 bars):

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoon of coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of natural strawberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon of protein powder

Fuss-free no bake protein bars - perfect as a pre workout snack // The PumpUp Blog

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients and put the mixture in a rectangular shape on a baking tin. Cook it at 360° degrees for 15-20 minutes and then cut it into bars.

Fuss-free homemade protein bars - perfect as a pre workout snack // The PumpUp Blog

Loved these healthy homemade protein bars? This recipe was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried the recipes in the comments below! 

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

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Oh, red velvet. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways: it's chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly bitter. It's eye-catching, but not ostentatious. It's a creamy and delicious flavour that needn't only be reserved for the likes of cupcakes and cookies. You too can drink a delightfully decadent red velvet smoothie for your pre-workout without regrets, just happiness. In this recipe by PumpUp member xxzxcuzx_me, ripe bananas and coconut milk creamer lend a thick and creamy texture to the drink while chocolate hemp protein powder imparts a distinctly velvety flavour. You can have your cake and eat it too.

Red velvet smoothie

  • ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • Splash of vanilla coconut milk creamer
  • 4 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder

Have your cake and eat it too with this red velvet chocolate protein smoothie

If you loved this red velvet smoothie or if you have great pre-workout smoothie recipes to share with the PumpUp community, let us know in the comments below!