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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. Read on for Greatist’s 50 favorite pre- and post-workout snacks, including some go-to recipes from our trusted health and fitness pros. 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. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

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15 healthy dessert recipes for a sugar fix Sometimes, you just crave something sweet. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's all about what kind of sugar you eat. Unrefined sugar is the best kind – natural and unprocessed. White sugar has been over-processed and contains little nutritional value; it can stimulate your appetite, cause high or low blood sugar and dips in energy. Natural sugars such as agave nectar, stevia and sugar from fruits are a far healthier choice.

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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. They can be a snack or even a protein-packed dessert. 89 Simple Swaps That Could Change Your Life Whole grains for white, quality for quantity, Wii Fit for Mario Kart—just one smart swap can pave the way to a healthier and happier life. We decided to go all out and provide 89 “this for that’s,” so there are no excuses when it comes to making healthier choices! Fitness 1.

How Yoga Can Improve Your Looks (And Your Sex Life) - Lifestyle You'd need several pairs of hands to list all the benefits yoga can have on your health, but what can it do for your looks? Turns out, a whole lot. Those who have been reading this column for some time will know that we advocate lifestyle and diet changes as much as we do using nontoxic cosmetics; the three are inseparable when it comes to living a cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle. A natural shampoo is great, but it won't do much for your stress level, which can wreak havoc on your skin if it's not kept in check. Using Heart-Rate Monitors to Achieve Lesson Design and Training Goals Physical education majors at Buena Vista University are learning how to use heart-rate monitors as a tool to assist them in designing an effective curriculum to improve the health and fitness of students they will be teaching in their future K-12 PE classes. The devices are also being used by several members of the BVU track team during training to help them improve their athletic performance. Bev Ahern, assistant professor of exercise science, says BVU has partnered with Interactive Heart Technologies (IHT) of Austin, Texas, to give PE majors and student-athletes a close-up look at how the company's heart-rate monitors can be used effectively in an academic setting. Ahern was contacted by IHT through connections she had developed when she was a PE teacher in the Spencer Community School District where she had implemented use of another brand of heart-rate monitor. BVU's long-distance runners have been the first student-athletes on campus to utilize the devices in their workouts. Dr.

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30 amazing post-workout snacks to try Snacking after your workout may not seem important, but getting the right balance of carbs, fats and proteins to satisfy your hunger and help recovery from your workout is vital. Ensuring you down a protein shake or enjoy a protein-packed snack after your workout helps to rebuild tissue. Just ask the guys from the new Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist series, who trained hard for six months to build their physiques – protein shakes were top of the list as their post-workout snacks. Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but what you eat after a workout is equally as important. Which is why we've come up with 30 amazing post-workout snacks for you to try.

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Teachers learn how exercise helps kids do better in school (video) POTTSTOWN — What does breaking a sweat have to do with good grades? Well, if you had been on the campus of The Hill School during last week’s two-day “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Institute,” your answer would have been “everything.” Begun seven years ago by the Boyertown Area School District and helped along with funding from the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the workshops program was hosted in Pottstown this year. This is also the first year for the current name. “In the past, Boyertown always held it, and they invited other districts and last year we had more than 200 people,” said David Kraybill, executive director of the foundation.