So when it comes to fitness, weight loss and feeling good we can’t really get very far without discussing food. Everyone wants to know what they should be eating and when and no one wants to miss out on eating things that are delicious and satisfying. So is there a way?? Look if you want to lose weight and stay healthy you have to watch what you eat and common sense plus a wealth of science won’t tell you any different. But you can eat and you can eat well, we can help you with ideas and recipes.
A great time to snack is an hour or so before you work out – getting in good energy to help maximise your workout, but leaving enough time so you’re not bloated whilst training. Here are some great fueling ideas that combine simple carbohydrates (for a quick energy hit), complex carbohydrates (for longer-lasting, slow-release fuel), and protein (to encourage a gradual release of energy by lowering the snack’s GI, and also to help repair muscle tissue). They are delicious, healthy, nutritious and full of all the good fats we need to make our bodies temples. So take a look, have a think and make a plan (essential to any healthy lifestyle, you gotta plan and shop in advance or you’ll end up eating rubbish!) and ENJOY!
Slices of apple with peanut butter The apple provides you with carbs in the form of natural sugar, which is easy to digest, while the healthy fat and protein in the peanut butter slow down the release of those sugars to ensure a steady stream of energy.
Greek yoghurt with berries and a sprinkle of nuts Again this will provide you with a good mix of carbs, protein and healthy fats from the nuts.
Rice cakes/a slice of whole-wheat toast with cottage cheese or peanut butter Or other whole wheat crackers will do.
Houmous and sliced vegetables A good savoury snack if you’re not so keen on fruit. We’re loving the ‘Me Too” humous or make your own with a tin of chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, garlic and lemon juice… blitz.
Fresh fruit smoothie Blend up your favourite fruits, such as berries and bananas, which will provide your body with plenty of nutrients to energise your body. Add some low-fat yoghurt or a milk of your choice for a dose of protein.
No-bake energy balls These are so quick and easy to make! You need oats, peanut butter, agave nectar, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, and chopped dates. See our website for the full recipe! Remember these should be eaten in moderation, although they are very healthy they are quite calorific.
It’s vital to stay hydrated during exercise to keep your body functioning at its best. Try to drink half a litre in the 2 hours leading up to your workout, then top up during your workout according to your body size, the temperature, the intensity of your workout and how much you sweat.
Now you are ready to smash our classes, check out our next blog post to find our favourite post-workout snacks.