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8 Foods And Drinks You Should Have Before Workout

8 Foods And Drinks You Should Have Before Workout

Are you looking for simple and easy pre-workout recipes? Check out 8 healthy and delicious snacks that will make sure your body is totally ready for your workout.

1. Apple and Peanut Butter

Apple slices and peanut butter make the perfect pre-workout snack. A combination of natural carbohydrates and protein, this snack is super tasty – and the protein in the peanut butter will help your body to build and repair muscle!

Directions

Chocolate-peanut butter apple bites

Ingredients

2 apples, sliced into wedges

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup granola, your favorite

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Semisweet chocolate chips, optional

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    2. Hummus

    Hummus is a great source of protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. While it can be quite high in fat, the fats are mostly unsaturated and heart-healthy.

    Directions

    Hummus toast

    Ingredients

    10 1/4-inch-thick slices of seeded or plain baguette
    About 1/2 cup hummus
    About 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and thinly sliced
    Pea shoots, for garnish
    Flaky sea salt, for garnish
    Extra-virgin olive oil (optional), for garnish

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      3. Banana

      A banana is a very popular pre-workout snack for a good reason. The potassium in the bananas helps to stop cramping, and the carbohydrates are filling, helping to fuel your workout.

      Directions

      Banana Chia Seed Pudding

      Ingredients

      1 very ripe banana
      1/4 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or dairy milk
      2 tablespoons chia seeds
      Dash of vanilla extract
      Honey, to taste (optional)

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        4. Protein powder

        Protein powder can really help to enhance your workout. The whey power helps with fat loss, as well as helping to strengthen your muscles.

        Directions

        Protein smoothie

        Ingredients

        120 mL unsweetened vanilla almond milk
        120 mL cup water
        1/2 banana
        Dash of cinnamon
        1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used one packet of Tone It Up’s vegan vanilla protein powder Perfect Fit)
        Ice
        1 to 2 drops of liquid Stevia, optional

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          5. Eggs

          Eggs make a great breakfast to prepare for a morning workout. They are an excellent source of protein, as well as being filling and delicious!

          Directions

          Spinach Omelette

          Ingredients

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          1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
          3 eggs, whisked
          Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
          1 tablespoon Spinach-Basil Pesto

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            6. Oats

            Oats are filled with fiber, which will slowly release into your body while you workout, helping to maintain your energy levels.

            Directions

            Oats and honey granola bar

            Ingredients

            3 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
            3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
            2/3 cups oat flour (see Tips & Tricks linked above) OR whole wheat pastry flour
            3 tablespoons brown sugar
            3/4 teaspoon baking soda
            3/4 teaspoon salt
            2/3 cup honey
            1/3 cup melted coconut oil
            2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

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              7. Fruit and nuts

              Fruit and nuts offer you a tasty combination of vitamins and protein, making it one of the easiest snacks to have before your workout.

              Directions

              Home-made trail mix

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              Ingredients

              Chocolate – dark, milk or white
              Superfruits – goldenberries, goji berries, blueberries, cranberries
              Popcorn
              Spices – turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon

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                8. Beet Juice

                Beet juice has many healthy properties. It increases blood flow, and is filled with immune boosting vitamin C and fibre.

                Directions

                Beet and strawberry smoothie

                Ingredients
                ½ cup roasted beets (see link above)
                2 cups strawberries
                1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (homemade)
                2 tablespoons raw honey
                1 banana

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                  With these 8 heathy snacks and small meals your workout will be double as effective and your whole health will improve. Working out it essential to fitness and weight loss and an important part of a healthy lifestyle but it is only one half of the equation, a healthy diet is the other part which is just as important. So, combine these snacks which are good for your body and energy with your regular workout and you are on the right path to a healthy life.

                  Did you try some of these recipes? Do you have other snacks you prefer eating before your work out? Tell me in the comments!

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                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

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                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

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                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

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