Good fats vs bad fats? Too many or not enough carbs? Understanding the fine balance of proper sports nutrition can be a daunting task. Thankfully, our friends at the Recharge Athlete’s Lounge have shared some tips on their blog for pre and post workout nutrition.
We all know that proper hydration is the key to more than muscle recovery but it helps with healthy skin and a happy belly too! Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after a workout to stay healthy. They also advise:
“For fuel, the goal is healthy carbohydrates like whole-grain cereals (with low-fat or skim milk), whole-wheat toast and fruits. Low fat and fat free yogurts, whole-grain pastas and brown rice are great options as well depending on what time of day you are planning your workout. Avoid saturated fats and foods with high protein content as these foods are more difficult to digest and can take away oxygen/energy that you need to deliver blood to your muscles during your workout. If you are short on time, grab some fruit like a banana or apple for quick energy.”
During recovery, we’re quick to reach for protein to repair muscle, but replenishing your glycogen stores is just as important. We suggest reaching for one of our delicious fruit and yogurt parfaits within the first 30 minutes of a hard workout.
“1.2g of carbohydrate per kilogram of bodyweight is the recommended goal, but ingesting protein and a smaller amount of carbohydrates (think 3:1 to 4:1 ratio) can also kickstart your recovery process.”
You want to put premium gas in your ‘tank’, right? Then fuel up with high-octane, healthy lunch and snack options from Mother’s!