With winter in full swing, it's still important to get your sweat on. We all know we need the right nutrition for our workouts, both before and after our workout, in order to be our strongest and most motivated selves. While smoothies and smoothie bowls are a great way to incorporate many different nutrients in order to fuel a workout, sucking down something ice-cold does not sound like something I want to do when it's 10 whole degrees outside. Instead, try some of these non-chilled options for a healthy energy boost:
Because most fruits aren't in-season this time of year, dried fruits are a healthy and delicious go-to when you're looking to fuel a workout. Because all of the water is removed in the drying process, the sugars are concentrated, making dried fruit an energy- and nutrient-dense food. Dried figs, dates, apples, mangos, and apricots are all great choices, just be sure that the fruit you grab doesn't have any added sugars or nitrites.
While we don't have the luxury of having fruits like berries and apples in-season this time of year, there are plenty of others to choose from! Bananas, clementines, grapefruit, pomegranates, and pears will all give you a burst of energy to motor through your next workout. If you're looking to refuel after a workout, combine the fruit with a source of protein like nut butter, yogurt, or cheese to replenish your body.
Warm and comforting oatmeal can make a great workout food because it delivers complex carbs to your body. If you’re wanting a little more protein in your bowl of oats, mix in some egg whites, nut or seed butters, or whole nuts for the boost you need.
Yep, I'm telling you that hot chocolate can be a workout food. You're welcome. A homemade hot chocolate, like this one made from almond milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup can definitely fit into your fitness plans. If you're feeling extra tired, melt in a tablespoon of peanut butter; It'll help deliver the carbs and protein your body needs after a hard workout.
Homemade Protein Bars
Still want to use protein powder without sucking down a cold smoothie? Make homemade protein bars! There are hundreds of recipes online (like these 4-ingredient bars, these quick and easy bars, and these chubby hubby bars), so it's pretty easy to find a recipe or two that fit your lifestyle. Just be sure you use a quality powder full of real, whole food ingredients in your bars.