It is so important to fuel your body with proper nutrition both pre and post workout, for both energy and recovery! The best choice is a combination of protein and a complex carbohydrate to provide lasting energy and refuel your muscles.
Try this nutritious breakfast either before or after your next morning SWEAT session!
BANANA BREAD OATMEAL
This oatmeal is a perfect combination of complex carbs, protein, and healthy fat. It is low in sugar since the banana provides a healthy all-natural sweetener!
-½ cup dry oats
-Add~1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened Almond milk (depending on desired consistency) - mix well
-Optional for increased sweetness and protein- stir in 1/4 scoop of vanilla or banana protein powder
-Add ½ large ripe banana- microwave 2 minutes. Banana will caramelize and act as a sweetener! Mix well and let cool!
-Optional: sprinkle with cinnamon or try a healthy fat topping for loads of flavor! Ex: 2 Tbsp. of almonds or walnuts, or 1-2 Tbsp. of almond butter or peanut butter! ENJOY
Here are a few reasons why the carb/protein combo is so important:
The combination of protein and a complex carb will slow digestion to provide lasting energy and sustained endurance during your workout.
Carbohydrates are your primary energy source - without your morning carbs your body will break down your hard earned muscle for fuel.
After a workout carbs help facilitate the delivery of protein into your muscles for proper recovery, and replete your energy stores.
When a carb is eaten alone, a quick rise in blood sugar can occur, which can lead to increased hunger, cravings, and then fatigue. The combo of protein with a carb helps to stabilize your blood sugar to avoid these symptoms!
Janaelle Humberd, Registered Dietitian, LDN
Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant / Health Coach