workouts + protein

almondsMost of you have heard how important it is to pair working out with protein. The question is, should you eat protein before or after a workout and what type of protein is beneficial?

According to bodybuilding.com,

adding protein prior to your training session primes the pump: It starts protein synthesis during rather than after your training session. Pre-workout protein most likely increases amino acid delivery and uptake by muscles during training. A study published in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise found that one scoop of whey protein prior to working out increased calorie burning over the subsequent 24 hours.

One protein source option for whey protein would be Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete. Pure Protein Complete is a comprehensive protein supplement that combines a proprietary 5-Protein Blend, amino acids, and ancient peat and apple extract to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving in two delicious flavors, Vanilla Spice and Chocolate Deluxe.

The information above doesn’t mean that post-workout protein isn’t also important! Nuts.com states,

After you finish your workout, your body enters recovery mode. This means that your tissues begin to rebuild and replenish themselves. Creating the perfect post-workout snack is critical to reaching your goal, whether it entails losing weight, boosting endurance, or building muscle mass. Your body has two major nutritional needs during recovery: carbohydrates and proteins. The relative ratio of carbohydrates to proteins depends on your training goals.

Nuts.com goes on to give some excellent recipes for pre- and post-workout snacks that will help you maximize your workout and calorie burn. One of my favorite recipes that I’m excited to try from Nuts.com is the No Bake Gluten-Free Granola Bars. They look and sound delicious (and they’re paleo too if you use maple syrup or honey).Their site is a wealth of information about healthy snacking. They also have products available for purchase for your pre- and post-workout snacks. For more information on high protein snacks, be sure to check here. Lastly, Nuts.com periodically sends out discounts to their enews subscribers, so be sure to subscribe here.

What are your favorite ways to get your protein in? Mine would be macademia nuts and hardboiled eggs. Tell me yours below in the comments.

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