I'm feeling like a million bucks this morning. I've noticed lately that I've been waking up fully rested and wanting to get out of bed. I haven't changed much expect for my diet (eating mainly vegetarian dishes) so I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it. Regardless, I feel great! This morning I rolled out of bed and went to a 9 am Barreworks class (and supported a great cause while doing it - read below). I ate a small snack before my work out to fuel my workout and maximize my results. I had a glass of warm water with lemon and a banana.
“Banana's are nature’s PowerBar,” boasts Dr. Louise Burke, head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: Peak Nutrition for Your Sport. Bananas are loaded with digestible carbohydrates (read: fuel) and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. The body doesn’t store potassium for very long, so a medium banana before a workout will help keep nutrient levels high. Villacorta especially recommends bananas for morning exercisers: “Get up and eat a medium banana with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt. Wait about 30 minutes and then hit the gym. Your body will need the carbohydrates and protein.” (excerpt from Men's fitness)
Villacorta suggests Greek yogurt for protein, but if you don't eat dairy, substitute the yogurt with another protein more suitable to your diet.
Twice a month, Barreworks has Community Classes in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. It's $10 with $5 going right back to an amazing cause supporting women. It's always the 1st Sunday of the month at the Yonge location and the 3rd Saturday of the month at Queen.
After my workout, I had my green smoothie (handful of spinach, coconut water, blackberries and half a banana with ground flax seeds, chia seeds and Sun Warrior protein powder). For lunch, I made grilled cheese (dairy and gluten free!) sandwich with avocado. It was delicious, filling and nutritious!
Recipe: Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 2-4 slices of bread (this depends on how hungry you are) I used Queen St Gluten Free White Bean Millet Seed Bread
- slices of Daiya cheddar style cheese* (dairy free/ casein free/ vegan)
- half an avocado (optional)
- Earth Balance natural buttery spread (vegan)
- Heat pan on low heat.
- Spread Earth Balance on both sides of your bread.
- Spread some avocado on one side and add 1-2 slices of Daiya cheese.
- Place sandwich on frying pan.
- Flip when one side has turned golden.
- Once the second side is golden, remove and enjoy!
What are some of your pre- and post-workout snacks and meals that you enjoy?