Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's for breakfast?

Today was a 5:45 a.m. cycle day and I am just settling in for my post-workout snack (a little later than I'd advocate - I know!) 

If you are a morning exerciser, a pre- and post-workout snack is important to get the maximum benefit from your routine.  

Your body needs energy to work at it's maximum intensity, and how do we store good energy? By taking in a combination of complex & simple carbohydrates about 45 minutes - 1 hour before our workout begins.  

This promotes the slow & steady release of energy throughout your routine.  A slice of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a banana are perfect before a run or a cycle class. 

Post-workout, while your body in recovery mode, pick something packed with lean protein and healthy fats, like a veggie omelet with avocado or nutrient-rich berries with a hard boiled egg and a half of an avocado (that is my choice -- pictured here!)

In addition, be sure you are consuming 16-20 oz of water after your workout to replenish what you've lost while working out.  

Why an avocado?  Avocados are a superfood that can help your body absorb nutrients like Vitamins  A, D, E & K found in your veggies and/or berries.   These vitamins are packed with antioxidants, which are good for your body -- inside and out!  

For more tips on eating and exercise, check out this article by the Mayo Clinic

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