What to eat before and after your workout!

Do you know what to eat before and after your workout? This is a popular question from people just starting out in their fitness journey.  Getting your diet on point is a science and any custom to you plans should be created by a registered dietician/nutritionist (remember that!) but there are some general tips and tricks I can share with you to get you started!

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What To Eat:

Before – Carbs! Carbs are your friends. I know you’ve heard that carbs are bad and should be avoided if you want to lose weight but I promise, you want a little carbs in your life. Carbs = ENERGY. Good carbs (whole grains/wheats, fruits) turn into the energy your muscles need to push you through a killer workout. You should eat a little something 30-90 minutes before you workout like toast with PB and banana, some oatmeal with berries, crackers or rice cakes.

After – Protein! Protein is what is going to help your muscles repair themselves and grow. When you workout (especially strength train) you make tiny tears in your muscles. Protein helps repair these tears. The sooner you get in some protein after your workout, the better! Some ideas of good protein sources are protein shakes or bars (be really careful they aren’t full of sugar!), lean meats like chicken or fish, eggs, or Greek yogurt.

There ya go! A quick reminder of what to eat before and after your workout. Carbs = Energy, Protein = Repair. Energy before, repair after.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

I hope y’all are having a great week! How was Monday’s arm workout? I told you I had pumpkin recipes on my mind and here is one for you. I made some pumpkin spice energy balls a while ago and am coming back to try out a new recipe. These little bites will make the perfect afternoon snack to reach for instead of hitting up the kid snacks.  They also make a great pre-workout.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup pitted figs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup old fashioned/rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

  • Blend together first 5 ingredients.
  • Scrape into a bowl and mix in the last 3 ingredients. Cover and stick in the fridge for 30+ minutes.
  • Scoop and press into balls and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

My batch made about 18 balls.

These are super yummy! Try them out if you’re wanting a little ball of fall to kick those sweet cravings. Do you have a favorite fall recipe I should try out?

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