Friday, October 19, 2012
fat butt friday: pre-workout and post-workout snacking
Posted by Joni
this week was a big fail! i only exercised 3 times this week and ate some very unhealthy foods out as well...sushi, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, chocolate...ugh! okay i'm done! i feel so miserable and guilty for letting my body down. i am already making plans for a run in the morning. last weekend i ran 4.5 miles, so my goal is 5 miles this weekend.
i have learned over the time that it is best to eat something before working out. at least 30-45 minutes before working out, i have a variety of go to foods that i like to eat to help jump start my metabolism and give me energy to make it through my workout. within 15-20 minutes after each workout, i try to eat again to recover and refuel my body as well. the most important thing to remember is that you want to eat foods with a good balance of protein and carbs.
i usually eat either apples and peanut butter, a carnation frozen coffee drink, or vanilla greek yogurt with sliced banana and almonds, before my workout. afterwards, i usually eat oatmeal. however, i recently came across this great list of before and after workout snacks that i am going to start turning to, to give me a variety of choices.
i think part of my problem for getting off track lately has been that i am stuck in a food rut and have lost interest in the foods i have been eating over and over and over again. lists like the one above take the guesswork out of meal planning and most of them are fairly simple to prepare.
do you follow the recommendations and eat before and after you work out? if so, what are some of your go to foods?