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Foods to Eat Pre- and Post- Workout

Foods to Eat Pre- and Post- Workout

We all know that food can greatly affect the work you do in the gym, especially when consumed right before going to and right after leaving the gym. Eating too much or too little before working out could make your exercising much less enjoyable, and doing the same after hitting the gym could ruin all of the great work you’ve done! Kellie Davis at Greatist has compiled a list of 50 foods that won’t wreck your workout, a few of which are featured here.

Pre-Workout

For those of us who prefer to work out in the morning, fruit with yogurt or granola is always a great choice. Smoothies are a fun alternative too, such as the “fruitsation shake,” made by blending together whey protein, ice, and frozen berries. If you need a caffeine boost but don’t want to drink hot coffee before hitting the treadmill, consider what Davis calls the “Star-buffs shake” and blend one cup of iced coffee with a scoop of chocolate whey protein for an icy pick-me-up! (I’m sure vanilla whey protein would be just as tasty.)

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Davis also provides quick lunchtime options, such as a palm-sized portion each of chicken and sweet potatoes. One of my personal favorites is what she calls “Turk-cado pasta,” which combines a palm-sized portion of roasted turkey with about half of an avocado and a half-cup of whole wheat pasta. This dish is even great when served cold, so it’s a great option for taking to school or the office.

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Post-Workout

If you’re like me, you’re guilty of grabbing any snack within reach when you get home from the gym! Luckily, most of the foods that Davis lists can be prepared beforehand, so those “snacks at hand” will be healthy. My favorite is the chunky monkey shake, because it tastes like my favorite ice cream with way less fat — simply blend one banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, and one cup of low-fat chocolate milk with ice. So yummy!

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What are your favorite foods to eat before and after working out?

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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