Is it a good idea to eat a meal before a workout or after a workout? The answer is yes but what are the right things to eat before and after?
You don’t want to over stuff yourself before your workout and have an upset stomach as you workout so make sure you eat something light. Also by eating before your workout, this will give you more energy as you are exercising.
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So what are some good things to eat before your workout?
Fruit! Have a variety of fruits such as a banana, some berries, an orange, apple. Whatever you prefer.
Peanut Butter & Toast (add some sliced banana on top if you’d like)
Protein Bar (your favorite) Mine would have to be a Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar
Eggs & Toast: 1 Hard boiled egg with a slice of whole wheat toast
Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
Whole wheat sandwich with your choice of meat (turkey, tuna, ham, etc)
Nuts and Dried Fruit
Pita with Hummus
There are many other great snacks you can have, those are just a few to name off. Just make sure they are low in fat and that you drink plenty of fluids before and after your workout to keep you hydrated. Try to drink at least one or two cups of water at least one hour before you exercise. Also by adding protein to your meal this will help your muscles recover and grow after exercising.
Spring has FINALLY arrived and that means its about time to start going to the farmer’s market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices since the food will be in season.
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One thing I absolutely love about spring and summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that will be sold at the farmer’s market.
In less than a month (opening in May) the farmer’s market will be open in Davenport and in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa City does have a Winter’s Farmers Market open now through April 26th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. which they do offer fresh produce, handmade crafts and jewelry, prepared foods and baked goods as well as other handcrafted items for sale.
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Iowa City even offers a “Whats in Season” document that shows which types of produce are in season for that certain month. The list provides months May through October.
Perfect Fit Protein Smoothie Recipe
6 ounces Vanilla (Greek) Yogurt
1 Tbsp Perfect Fit Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Cup Frozen Berries
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Ice Directions:
Add Berries and Ice into a blender. Then add the orange juice, followed by the greek yogurt. Once you have done that add in your tablespoon of protein powder. Put on the lid and blend together until smooth with no ice chunks left. Enjoy!
**If you don’t have the Perfect Fit Protein Powder you can use an alternative kind of protein powder of your choosing.**
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate daily vitamins and protein that you need each day and they taste delicious. You can always add other fruits to your smoothie if you would like. Another great fruit to add to this smoothie would be bananas.