To tone up and get fit, workout and diet need to go hand in hand. But diet doesn’t mean eating as little as possible. Actually, it means adapting healthier recipes for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus consciously choosing better pre and post workout snack.
Yes, you read that right, you’re allowed to have snacks! Provided that you’re not eating junk!
Chiropractic care may be focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine but chiropractors understand that patients are so much more than just spine. This is why they always say that they aim not just to relieve pain but to improve your overall health which when done right also keep you looking and feeling young. In order to achieve that, you need to feed your body healthy foods that contain vitamins and nutrients.
Here are some ideas that you may find helpful for that.
Pre Workout Snack
It’s hard to get through a workout if your stomach is grumbling. However, it’s not a good idea to get a full meal before heading to the gym either. Having said that, always keep in mind that it’s important to eat at least 2 hours before you work out to avoid unwanted protein loss and maintain glucose level. Here are some snacks that you may wanna try.
Banana And Almond Porridge
Bananas contain simple and easily digestible carbs and have high content of potassium, and are considered as an ideal pre workout snack to kick-start the drill. Oats, on the other hand, checks the cravings and helps release the energy slowly.
Banana And Honey Smoothie
We already know why bananas are amazing pre-workout snack. So mixing honey into it and making a smoothie out of them can work as a great energy drink before hitting the gym.
While we’re on the topic of drinks, beetroot juice has secured a firm place as the ultimate workout drink. So if you don’t like those popular workout drinks that often come in powder, stock up on this vegetable.
Baked Eggs With Beans
Eggs and beans are both great sources of protein. No wonder it makes for an amazing pre-workout snack.
Apple And Walnut Salad
Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is similar to the one found in salmon and herring. Lightly toasted walnuts are delicious on salads. Mix in a few slices of apples for that hint of sweetness and you got a satisfying snack minus the guilt that often comes with having snacks.
Post Workout Snack
Just as eating at least 2 hours prior to exercising, munching on something after you sweat it out is crucial too! Of course, you got tired and maybe felt a little hungry after an intense workout but be careful not to dig into the first food you see. A good recovery food should be a protein-rich meal within half an hour of the workout. Here are some of those that you should give a shot.
Soy, Custard Apple And Peach Milkshake
Load up on the Soy protein, of this amazing milkshake, loaded with goodness of custard apple, peach, and mint.
Moong Dal Chila
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland foods. This snack is packed with protein and low and calories but it won’t disappoint your taste buds.
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Just thinking about it warms my heart (not to mention my belly!). However, all that white flour and syrup isn’t exactly the healthiest option. But if you just can’t get rid of pancakes in your life altogether, quinoa pancakes are great alternative. It’s high in protein, plus topping it with fresh fruits will calm your hunger pangs.
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Chicken breasts teamed with goodness of greens, asparagus and sesame seeds, it doesn’t get more healthy and yummy than that.
Avocado is known for being high in vitamin B which aids in metabolizing healthy carbohydrates and proteins. So this quick drink helps you get refreshed after a rigorous workout while getting some work done for your body.