February 23 2018
After taking an injury-inspired running break, this runner reflects on why the time away was well spent.
With the new year right around the corner, all of you are probably getting ready to start 2018 off right by either ramping up or starting your fitness journey. The new year brings a newfound determination to reach one’s fitness goals–a PR for a half marathon in April, bumping up your racing distance from a 5K to a 10K, or simply just feeling better about your body! Whatever your goals are, exercise will help get you there. But exercise alone does not make up the entire equation for success.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen”?
While abs may not necessarily be the end goal for all of you, that saying is mostly true, for all intents and purposes. Eating healthy and fueling your body correctly are important for several reasons. First of all, doing so provides your body with the fuel you need to work out. Want to kick butt on your runs? You’ve got to make sure you’re eating properly! Second, it helps you reach the results you want. A diet of junk food is never going to help you look–or feel–your best. Do you want to feel less bloated throughout the day? Eating whole foods like vegetables and lean proteins will help you get there. Do you want to have more energy? Try to stay away from those processed foods and snacks.
I get it–it’s hard. Especially when the day gets busy, you look at the clock to see it’s already 4:30 p.m. and you’re starving, but you have a running date with your friends at 5 p.m. and the only thing you have on hand is a pack of M&Ms stashed in your office desk. What do you do?
Plan ahead so that you can prevent failure. By having some healthy pre-workout-approved snacks on hand, you will not only get a great workout in but can also get one step closer to reaching those goals. Healthy carbohydrates are always good to consume before a workout, because they are the building blocks that supply your body with energy. One of my favorite pre-workout snacks is the perfect mixture (outlined below) of sweet, savory, filling and healthy (all in moderation, of course!). A healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie, this snack is perfect for keeping you feeling full and energized throughout your workout, while also kicking that sweet tooth. Check out my “healthier” chocolate chip cookie recipe below!
Blend banana, unsweetened applesauce and 1-1/2 cup of oats together in a blender or food processor. Once blended, transfer to a bowl and mix in the 1/2 cup of oats, vanilla, agave and cinnamon. Add dark chocolate chips. Form small cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
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