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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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                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                  Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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