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Wellness / January 15, 2017

What to eat before, during, and after an adventure

Written by: Alix Brossette

As a nutritionist, I’m often asked what to eat before an adventure, a heavy weight session, or a training run.

Thankfully, the answer is the same for pretty much every one of those scenarios. The goal of pre-workout eating it to fuel the body, and to it’s best done with something very easy to digest.

Before: protein and carbs

Of the three macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fat), fat is broken down in the bloodstream the slowest. So you’ll want to keep your pre- (and post) workout nutrition low in fat. Ultimately, you’re looking for a significant dose of protein and carbohydrates.

 

For my own pre-workout, I have a few go-to products. They keep my life simple—not only do I not have to prep any food, I don’t have to spent time thinking about the macronutrients I need.

About half an hour before my workout, I down one of these:

 

I’ve used these items to fuel up for everything from triathlons to gym sessions. They all taste great, and they’re all made from quality ingredients.

SPH products use cold-processed, grass-fed whey protein. VEGA is an entirely plant-based and soy-free line of products—I recommend them for vegetarians and lactose intolerant athletes alike.

The Vital Farms Collagen Peptides provide protein in its most raw state. This protein is very easy for the body of absorb, and is also free of whey/lactose.

 

During: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Hydration is a must, particularly during longer (more than one hour) hikes or trail runs. And some products can hydrate you better than regular old water.

Before I hit the trail, I generally spike my water with one of these two electrolyte-replenishing products.

One of the great things about these products is that they all come in single serving sizes. Just throw one into your water bottle, shake it up, and go.

 

After: Replenish and repair

In the minutes following a challenging workout, the body needs pretty much the same things it needed before: protein and carbohydrates. Those macronutrients will help repair muscles and tendons after exercise in much the same way the fueled them before.

The body is at rest after a workout, but it’s still a good idea to choose recovery supplements that are easy to digest.

I’m happy with any one of these products:

Do you have a favorite pre- or post- adventure supplement? Email us at [email protected] to let us know.

 

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Alix Brossette

Alix is a coach and licensed nutritionist whose trademark crazy, curly hair creates the perfect vibe for who she is - lots of energy, depth and discipline, which when tamed is inspiring and when wound tight (like her curls) is her driving force.

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