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50 Awesome Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

50 Awesome Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks
You might also like: 88 Unexpected Snacks Under 100 Calories Read More Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for some, but for those who manage to squeeze some gym time into their routine, pre- and post-workout foods can be just as huge. While everyone’s nutritional requirements are different depending on their goals and activities, these snacks can offer the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein to satisfy hunger, fuel workouts, and aid in recovery. Pre-Workout Snacks The body works to build muscle and recover 24 hours a day, not just during that one-hour session at the gym. 1. Feeling fancy, huh? 2. Put a twist on the classic kids’ treat by blending 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice. 3. Infuse 1 scoop chocolate whey protein with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil. 4. Need a pre-workout pick-me-up? 5. 6. 7. 8. For a quick carb fuel-up, slice 1 medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter. 9. 10. 11. Related:  Healthy Meals & Snacks

40 Easy Casserole Recipes That Are Actually Healthy If only there were a dish so versatile and easy to prepare that you could toss together almost any combination of protein and veggies, tweak it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and have lasting leftovers that don’t get old—when it comes to taste, anyway. Wait! What about that casserole thing? You know, that dish made popular in the 1950s—the one that (unfortunately) took a turn for the worse when processed foods started popping up in the 1970s. Well, times have changed. Breakfast Photo: Minimailist Baker 1. 2. 3. 4. Photo: Eat Yourself Skinny 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Light Lunch Photo: The Local Kitchener 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Photo: Homemade Levity 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Hearty Dinner Photo: Smitten Kitchen 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Photo: The Kitchen is My Playground 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Photo: Girl Makes Food 36.

Banana-Carob Protein Bar Recipe This recipe for banana-carob protein bars from FitSugar reader eatingbirdfood will help keep energy levels up and your grocery bill down. She posted this homemade protein bar recipe in the FitSugar Community Healthy Recipe group. I was looking for a protein bar that I could take with me on trips and decided to create my own. These bars are great because they are portable and delicious. Learn how to make these homemade protein bars after the break! Ingredients Ingredients: 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats 1 cup oat flour 1/3 cup protein powder (I used vanilla brown rice protein powder) 1 T chia seeds (optional) 1 t cinnamon pinch of sea salt 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed 3 egg whites 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 2 T smooth natural peanut butter (or almond butter) 1/2 T honey 5 drops of liquid stevia (or 1 T more of honey) 1 t vanilla 1/4 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips) Directions **A cake tester may not come out completely clean because of the melted carob chips. Information

Chocolate Molten Cakes in a Cupcake Pan I'm frequently asked, what are your "Entertaining Essentials?" Truthfully, I seem to use the same staples over and over and try to reinterpret them different ways. So, my Entertaining Pantry is really quite edited and simple, but there are some items that I have come to depend on... all of which I put together for you in my new Everyday Occasions store. Here are some of my favorites you can find there that I can't entertain without - some of the items are pictured in this photo of Hydrangea Cupcakes : - these large brown cupcake liners... that still fit into a standard cupcake pan - these celebration candles (also in my favorite "seaside" blue) make any simple look fabulous for a special occasion - pre-cut parchment papers that are non-stick and I can just throw away and I don't have to scrub the pan... they also work great for wrapping up baked goods - hemstitch cocktail napkins... they are so classic, especially with a "seaside" blue monogram Chocolate Molten Cakes Perfectly melted.

Choosing Raw – vegan and raw recipes — A Celebration of Vegan and Raw Food The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology) You Might Like 9 Excuses for Eating Avocado Toast Every Single Day READ Fat: What was once the ugly stepchild of the dietary world is now being heralded as the savior of humankind. OK maybe that’s taking things a little too far. But fat does offer great benefits for our bodies—and our minds. Is Fat Really Good for My Brain? Yes. Good nutrition in general is key to maintaining a healthy brain (and keeping the rest of you healthy!). Top 3 Dietary Fats for Your Mind and Body 1. Polyunsaturated fats contain the essential fatty acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega-6. An omega-3 fatty acid, DHA has been shown to help brain functions like memory, speaking ability, and motor skills. 3. Saturated fat is actually one of the main components of brain cells, and is therefore necessary for healthy brain function. 6 Foods Packed With Healthy Fats 1. 2. Salmon contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. 3. 4. Eggs contain both saturated fat and choline, which can boost memory skills and overall brain health.

8 Foods Women Should Eat Every Day A while back we went over the eight foods men should eat everyday and now I've come across the eight foods we ladies should eat daily as well. You'll be pleased to find that this list happens to have the exact same foods as the list for men, which means you and your man can stock up and munch on the same healthy goodies. BlueberriesOatsWalnutsBlack beansCarrotsTomatoesYogurtSpinach I love everything on this list so I'm feeling pretty good about myself. What about you guys? Are there some things you love/hate?

what i made for monday-mini apple pies. If you've been around a while you know that I like to make some sort of dessert or treat for my husband to take to work with him on Mondays. Food is my love language. I am not a diet friendly friend. Start by cutting up eight cups of apples into small 1/2in bits. Mix the apples with: 12 tablespoons of flour 1 1/2c of sugar 4 heaping teaspoons of cinnamon 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (depending on how much you like could also leave it out) You will also need: 4 tablespoons of chilled butter cut into 24 equal portions. Make sure you stir everything around getting the apples nice and coated. Unroll your first pie crust and cut several circles out. I found that a wide mouth mason jar ring worked perfectly. Line each cup of your muffin tin with a tiny pie crust. You should be able to fill until slightly mounded. Then take your equally divided butter... and put a dab on each pie. Cover as desired with left over dough. And YUM! Yes, for breakfast, there is fruit in there!

Cooking for One: 29 Insanely Easy, Healthy Meals You Can Make In Minutes In the kitchen, one can be the loneliest number. The fear of leftover fatigue or doing the math to modify recipes for a single serving (why do so many recipes make so much at once?) can drive anyone to order out or eat a sad bowl of cereal rather than cooking. After all, spending time making a dish that requires pans and utensils isn’t worth it when you’re dining alone, right? You might also like Cooking for One: Here's Everything You Need to Actually Make It Happen READ We call BS. We’ve gathered some of the healthiest, tastiest meals for one (or for one meal and just enough left over for lunch the next day) from around the web to inspire you to get in the kitchen (Yes, even if you don’t think you can cook). Breakfast Who said burrito bowls are just for dinner? 2. Who says omelets need to be complicated? Pizza for breakfast? Peaches are an underrated fruit when it comes to smoothies—berries seem to get all the love. These mini frittatas make for a healthy breakfast (or lunch, or dinner).

One Bowl, All Natural, No-Bake Energy Bites I apologize in advance if you have a recipe just like this. I’ve seen these kind of energy bites around for ever now and all the recipes are very similar so if this happens to be anyone else’s exact recipe, I’m sorry! That being said, what I’m going to give you is more of a formula. You see, I never make these the same. The general amounts of things stay the same but the ingredients are always changing so I’ll tell you what are in these, but I’ll also give you my secret formula so you can make your own flavor combinations too I originally got this idea from a blog that’s no longer up and running, probably 3 years ago. They keep indefinitely in the freezer and I find them so much more addictive when they’re frozen almost solid. Energy Bites makes approximately 2 dozen depending on size 1/2 C nut butter(almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter. In a large bowl add the nut butter, honey or other sweetener, vanilla and salt if needed.

Mom’s Coffee Cake My mom has been making this amazing breakfast my entire life. It’s truly the best coffee cake I have ever had! It’s so moist and flavorful and it’s one of the best things to wake up too. The aroma that fills the house is just incredible. This coffee cake is a huge downfall for my mom and I, we nibble on it all throughout the gets bad. It’s Ellie’s birthday, so she requested this for her breakfast. Mom’s Coffee Cake Combine ingredients, set aside: 1 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons cinnamon 4 tablespoons butter melted Work sugar and shortening together with a fork: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cups vegetable shortening Add eggs and milk to the sugar/shortening mixture, and set aside: 2 eggs 1 cup milk Sift together: 3 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Instructions: Have a 9×13 pan greased and ready. The batter can be difficult to work with, so I make sure and have more for the top later, because it’s easier to cover the sugar mixture with more batter.

88 Unexpected Snacks Under 100 Calories We’ve all been there: hunger striking before dinnertime, a sudden craving for something sweet, the need for a quick energy boost before working out. The solution? A small and satisfying snack that won't tip that calorie count over the edge—after all, a quick nibble can easily turn into the calorie equivalent of a full-blown meal. These flavorful, low-calorie treats can please any palate while still leaving room for dinner. Sweet Snacks 1. 1/2 frozen banana dipped in 2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips, melted 2. 28 grapes (about 1 scant cup), placed in the freezer for 2+ hours 3. 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 dash cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey 4. 1 Fig Newton with 1 teaspoon peanut butter 5. 1 medium orange, sprinkled with cinnamon 6. 2 1/4-inch thick pineapple rounds (3 1/2-inch diameter), grilled (or sautéed) for 2 minutes or until golden 7. 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping 8. 3 small dried figs stuffed with 1 tablespoon part-skim ricotta and sprinkled with cinnamon 9.