Breakfast: Oat flax seed sourdough toast
Lunch: Rice with mushroom, peas, beans and pasta sauce
Dinner: Pasta and chickpeas with tomato cheese sauce
ANZAC Cookies were delicious, as always! Today I made one change to the original ANZAC Cookie recipe. I used a mixture of butter and oil instead of using just butter. It was a good change, I have no regrets. There was enough butter to impart the butter flavor while the oil changed the texture a little bit, in a good way. Using oil also affected the nutritional profile of the cookie, perhaps in a positive way. I managed to introduce some omega-3 into the cookie and that’s probably not a bad thing.
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An interesting article on what to eat before, during and after a workout or exercise. I found a few tips particularly interesting. Apparently consuming some calories before, during and after your workout will actually help you to burn more calories. This makes me think of a car. A car will burn more fuel if it has more fuel simply because fuel adds more weight. I am not sure if the same logic applies to us but that’s the best explanation I could come up with.
According to the article the greatest foods for fueling your exercise are often the greenest. Organic, nutrient-rich ingredients, are the most efficient and effective source for sustained energy throughout the workout. Energy and protein bars do not count, they can be loaded with sugar and apparently these are not the best fuel for exercise.
Why green foods? According to fitness and body guru Andrea Orbeck (who happens to train several of the Victoria’s Secret models including Heidi Klum) “Nutrition, in relation to your exercise program can promote energy, performance and proper recovery.” She believes that the base of good nutrition, and therefore a properly functioning body, is green. Andrea’s clients start their day with organic green juice. This rids the system of stuck toxins and get the intestines moving smoothly first thing in the morning. She suggests juice made from romaine, kale, cucumber, zucchini, apple, lemon and ginger.
When it comes to what to eat before, during and after workout, Michael Yang reminds us that “everyone’s bodies respond differently to workouts and foods. Here are his suggestions.
2 hours prior to your workout eat a carbohydrate heavy (60%) meal. This can be organic chicken and quinoa, line-caught fish and wild rice with veggies or vegetarian beans and rice. If you have no time for a real meal eat something that your body can easily digest like a protein drink. Choose protein powder from whey, soy, or flax. Blend it with ½ cup organic frozen fruit and 1½ cups water. The liquefied food will allow your body to quickly use its energy without diverting blood required for digestion to the stomach (which can cause cramping and detract from your workout).
30 minutes before your workout, eat a banana.
During exercise consistently hydrate. Consider electrolytes like watered down organic fruit or tomato juice. Avoid fiber during your workout as it may upset your stomach while you’re moving around, so save it for later.
Post-Exercise, 30 minutes to 2 hours after you workout, eat a protein heavy (60%) balanced meal. A handful of nuts and dried fruits can provide a post workout balanced protein/carb meal if you are away from home.
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