Do you feed the beast? No, I’m not referring to your dog Fido, or some alter-ego you may have coined for yourself when those Oreo cookie cravings wake you up at night! I’m talking about providing your muscles with quality whole food nutrition after completing your daily workout sessions. There is page upon page of research out there guiding people on what to consume after you finish your exercise routine and like most other Health and Wellness topics the debates rages on! I’d like to give you some examples of what works for me and provide a few tips that can make it easier for you to take advantage of the gains that a post workout nutrition program can provide to your body.
Please be forewarned, my shake has quite the spectrum of ingredients, but after tinkering and playing with a couple ingredients I’ve been able to find a shake that has very high quality nutrition that provides me with the replenishment I need and also tastes great to my palette! My shake consists of 8oz. Chocolate Almond Milk, 8oz. Organic Skim Milk, 2 tbsp. Organic steel cut oats, 2 tbsp. Organic Hemp Protein, 2 tbsp. Chocolate 100% Whey Protein, 3 tbsp. pasteurized Egg Whites, and 1 tsp. L-Glutamine. Now you might be saying, “Holy Cow, that’s a lot of stuff, how do I keep it straight?”, but after fine-tuning through practice I’ve been able to find the right amounts that exactly fit my needs. The skim milk provides flavor I like along with the slower metabolizing Casein Protein while the Almond Milk enhances the carbohydrate and healthy fat ratio along with the carbs from the steel cut oats. The oats are one of my favorite parts of this shake as they are incorporated uncooked, but after being in the shake while refrigerated overnight begins to soften and soak up the milk! Hemp Protein is a plant based protein and comes from the portion of the plant not containing any THC. This is a very high quality protein and is slower absorbing than Whey while providing a high ratio of Fiber and very Healthy Fats! Whey Protein is a fast acting protein as described in our article links this week and L-Glutamine is an amino acid that helps strengthen the immune system and aids in recovery of muscles which helps in alleviating and mitigating muscle soreness.
I’m sure some of you may be turning up your noses at the sound of this mix, but personally I love the taste and feel that the ingredients are very high in quality versus the other over the counter post workout shakes like Muscle Milk which can be loaded with sugar and excess ingredients that aid in enhancing flavor. We all understand the importance of working out and the benefits that it can provide to our body, but don’t make the mistake of ignoring the potential gains that can be achieved by incorporating the Post Workout Shake to your nutrition program. The point here is to find something that works for you and is not only pleasing to consume but MOST importantly has a mixture of nutrients that provide whole food nutrition to your body at a time when it needs it the most! So go to your kitchen and start cooking up your post workout nutrition regimen! Your BEAST will thank you later when you see him in the mirror staring back at you!——–> R’s