It’s so important to exercise but it’s even more important to eat properly before and after exercise.
It is recommended to eat at least an hour before your workout, preferably 2 hours. But even more important is to eat within 30 minutes AFTER your workout.
You need to restore the energy you used during your workout. This is called glycogen. And to do so you need to eat carbohydrates. You also need to replenish your muscles. To do this, you need to eat protein. Protein can come in two forms – animal protein and non-animal protein.
Here is an example of quick and easy post-workout meal I whipped up after my 3 mile run. It’s super easy to make and filling. And it tastes great! Protein packed without the use of red meat.
Raw pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein. A serving size of 1 ounce has 7 grams of protein! They are low carb and low sodium (when raw) and run around 150 calories for a handful. A great source of fiber and good fats. These are great for people who are allergic to nuts.
Eggs are also an excellent common source of protein. One egg has about 80 calories, minimal carbs, and 6 grams of protein.
I included a toasted English Muffin as my carb source. I LOVE English Muffins, especially when they are toasted and crispy crunchy. Though not a gluten-free option, if you can tolerate gluten, go for it! One English Muffin has 120 calories, 25 grams of carbs and even comes with 4 grams of protein! Go ahead and use a little bit of butter. If you are vegan, spring for seed butter.
I added organic fresh parsley and onions and garlic to my scrambled eggs. Adding these garnishes amp up the nutrition benefits of everything you eat. Onion and garlic are both known to be anti-inflammatories.
Try this meal and let me know what you think!