Sneaking in a healthy snack after a tough workout is challenging.
When I get in from a long run, the kids mob me — the toddler wants to tell me how stinky I am and the baby needs to nurse. Between taking care of the kids, stretching and sneaking a shower, it's easy to skip eating all together.
Not eating after a hard workout is a bad deal because your body needs nutrients to repair the micro-tears in the muscles that result from exercise. When fueling correctly, the body is able to repair the muscle tears and actually makes the muscle stronger!
According to Runners Connect, the optimal window for nutrient absorption is 30-90 minutes after working out. Whatever your recovery food of choice is, you should consume it as soon as possible post-workout. Lately a Honey Stinger Caramel Waffle or spoonful of NuttZo Power Fuel is my favorite post-run snack!
This week I had the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Heart Bar and they proved to be another great recovery snack option. I threw them in the diaper bag and gave the Chocolate and Apple Cinnamon flavors a shot.
Each Hemp Heart bar packs 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas and they are around 230 calories per bar (depending on the flavor).
The Chocolate flavor was a little too bitter for me but the Apple Cinnamon flavor was delicious. What I really appreciated was that the Hemp Heart bars didn't have a weird protein bar after-taste! They contain the 10 grams of protein but still sport a great flavor.
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Fargo Marathon Training Week 5/20:This is the first week of the Build Phase of my training plan and also a week when I had to cram all of the runs in before the weekend!
02/01 Monday - Easy: 7.04 mi, 01:04 @ 09:05 pace. Quiet run with the dog this morning. Very slick on our streets! It's a little too warm to skate on them though. Tried that :) Strength Training: Planks
02/02 Tuesday - Speed Intervals: (Treadmill) 4.5 mi, 00:36 @ 07:53 avg pace. 8 x 400m (with 400m jog recovery) @ 6:23 x 4, 6:23 x 3, 6:19 x 1. This workout felt great after running so many hill intervals in the base phase of training. Much more enjoyable than the hill sprints! I'm done with the hill sprint intervals for now! Back to 1.5% incline and it feels so good.
02/03 Wednesday - Easy: 6.01 mi, 00:57 @ 09:32 avg pace. Took the dog out for a run this morning. I've been spoiled with the 20°F degree mornings because the 4°F felt quite chilly today! Strength Training: Planks, core work and lunges.
02/04 Thursday - Long Run: 12 mi, 01:43 @ 08:36 avg pace. Ice, ice, baby. Icy streets, icy gravel roads, just icy all over. And I wasn't smart enough to throw on my Yaktrax today :s Made it through the run with only a few near-slip wobbles :) Not sure if anyone saw me doing that!
02/05 Friday - Recovery: 3.2 mi, 00:30 @ 09:22 avg pace. Tired and feel like I'm coming down with something. I switched out the scheduled tempo mile repeats for a few recovery miles.
02/06 Saturday - Off. Yep, I am getting sick.
02/07 Sunday - Off. Definitely sick.
Total Mileage: 32.75
What is your favorite post-workout snack?
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