Okay…I’m definitely dedicated to this whole work out thing. After looking at the schedules for the yoga studio I went to this past weekend, I realized that the only time I could attend a class was at 5:45am today. I said I was going to do yoga once a week and I meant it! I went to bed early last night and prepared my pre and post workout snacks. On the way out the door I had a Cinnamon Roll LaraBar . I chose this as my pre-workout fuel because, although it is a bit high in fat, it is low in protein and has about 27g of carbs (more than the Clif bar I often pick). It also is a self-proclaimed “humm food”, definition on the back of the wrapper: “Real food that creates an unmistakable feeling of health and well-being, often accompanied by an inexplicable and irresistible urge to, well, hum.” I LOVE that motto!!!…and how appropriate for yoga. I packed up a homemade post recovery drink, paired with an apple. I switched up the recipe this time to have more protein, fat and calories: 1/4 cup plain Chobani, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 TBS Crunchy Almond Butter, 1/2 scoop Organic Vanilla Whey Protein, 1 Scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood and 1/2 a banana.
THE VERDICT: I am a morning person. I love the peace and tranquility of the morning, and having time to myself before a crazy day. Plus, waking up at 5am isn’t that bad when you get to have a cinnamon roll LaraBar. The chuncks of walnut and dates with the cinnamon flavoring reminded me of a cozy breakfast. At 210 calories, it was just enough to help me wake up and do some yoga. Yoga wasn’t THAT intense and I could have very well just come home and made a real breakfast, but my shake was so filling and probably gave me better nutritional benefits for muscle building. It was actually REALLY tasty too!! I find sometimes with whey powder, you can still taste it despite how many other things are blended into the drink. The almond butter, almond milk and banana flavors masked the bitter protein powder really well. I think the Chobani that I added to my drink really MADE it a smoothie. It was so much thicker than last time. I’m definitely going to keep experimenting with different shake mix-ins!
What do you do for strength training? What is the best protein shake you’ve ever had/made? What else do you like to enjoy post workout?