I have already mentioned how important protein is after a workout.
I like to eat a meal with lots of veggies, a little starchy carbs and a good serving (20g) protein to aid muscle recovery. Consuming protein after a workout is important, because during the workout we break down muscle tissue which then needs Amino Acids to repair. Amino Acids are the building blocks for protein, which are the building blocks for muscle tissue. So if you are going to break things down, you have to make sure to build it back up!
If you don’t have time for a full meal after your workout, a protein shake or better yet a protein slice is a great option, as it can keep you full and aid your recovery, until you can sit down and consume a decent meal.
However, most protein bars all full of sugar, additives, colourings, flavourings and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. My rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!
I avoid these over processed protein bars, and when I can I just make my own. I am always hunting for new recipes and I was given this great one by Julie & Libby !
Julia and Libby are sister who are lovers of everything that nourishes the body, mind and soul. They believe that beauty starts from within and food can be used as medicine in order to keep us healthy. Their approach to health is connected to both their educational study of the subject and their personal beliefs on the lifestyle it creates. I love these girls and their creative recipes, I follow their blog for recipes and daily motivation.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1 cup peanut butter (it’s best to use a good quality peanut butter that only contains peanuts and no added sugar/salt/preservatives)
- 2 cups raw oats
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- Turn stove onto medium high heat, Put maple syrup, peanut butter and almond milk into a pot and place on heat.
- Stir gently until all of the ingredients are combined (be careful not to let ingredients burn)
- Add the protein powder to pot, mix well.
- Add in the oats and stir. If the mixture is too thick you can add a bit more milk. Again, be careful not to let the mixture burn.
- Once combined put the mixture into a flat baking tray (as shown in the pictures below) and place in refrigerator. It’s best to lay down baking paper first just so that the ingredients don’t stick.
- Once it has cooled completely chop into pieces and store in an air tight container in the fridge.