Shopping cart 0

energy boosting

Energizing Foods For Your Workout

That feeling when you complete a tough workout is great, but we know there are moments when you would rather throw in the towel than finish strong. Eating the right foods to sustain your energy throughout your workout can make a major difference. Keep your momentum going by fueling your body before, during, and after with these great snacks.

Low-fat Chocolate Milk
It is advised to eat protein within 30 minutes of working out to aid in recovery, and depending on your bodyweight, age, and how strenuous your workout is, you may want to up the ante. Low-fat chocolate milk and a banana are great way to nourish your fatigued muscles.

Pretzels
The saltiness of the pretzels will help to replenish electrolytes and minerals that you lose during exercise. For added protein, pair them with Greek yogurt or nut butter.

Beets
The nitrates in beets (which reduce the amount of oxygen needed to perform physical activity) help to increase blood flow to and throughout the muscles, giving you a helpful boost during workouts. Try snacking on these before or during your session.

Sunflower Butter
Packed with protein, fiber, and good fats, sunflower butter is a great way to fuel up for workouts. It also contains more micronutrients than other nut butters. Pair it with an apple, banana, or celery for a light and hearty snack.

Snack Bars
Your body needs quick release carbohydrates to efficiently use nutrients to keep going. A snack bar can deliver that, offering a relatively filling option that is easy to digest. Just remember to read the label carefully and choose wisely.

Banana
Snacks during a workout are usually more necessary for more extensive workouts (60-90 minutes). If you’re doing less than an hour, water should be fine to hydrate and replenish fluid losses. If you must snack, simple carbs, like a banana, are the way to go.

Sports Drinks/Gels
Sports drinks and gels are designed with the athlete in mind. They offer hydration, replenish electrolytes, and provide a small amount of quick energy from sugar.

Caffeine
This can be an easy fix as caffeine helps with focus and energy, but try not to turn it into a habit. A change in your diet throughout the day can be a better way to boost in your energy, brain function, and recovery.

Fruit
Diluted fruit juices (half juice, half water) or squeezable fruit (ex. applesauce, puréed fruit pouches) offer hydration and energy along with the natural nutrients from fruit.

What do you eat before or during workouts to increase your energy? Share your secrets with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!

For a delicious meal made from the finest and freshest ingredients, visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona. We are located on the northeast corner of Arrow Highway and Garey Avenue and open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.

Eat These Foods For A Natural Energy Boost

Did you resolve to cut back your coffee consumption in 2016? Looking for alternatives to coffee for a quick energy boost? These healthy foods can help increase and sustain your energy throughout the day.

Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been around since 3500 BC and got their name from the Mayan word for “strength.” Back then, they were praised for their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time. Their recent popularity shines a light on its superfood abilities. One tablespoon contains 5 grams of protein, a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and the antioxidant quercetin.

Up your intake of chia seeds by adding them to your oatmeal or yogurt, or include it in your smoothies, baked goods, or even your pasta sauce.

Oatmeal
There’s a reason people eat oatmeal in the morning. Oatmeal offers quality carbohydrates that are stored as glycogen and act as brain and muscle food. Because oatmeal is a whole grain cereal, it also provides soluble fiber which slows down carbohydrate absorption to maintain blood sugar levels.

If the idea of eating oatmeal every day sounds boring, try changing it up. Try adding new toppings like dried fruit, fresh berries, eggs, nuts, or stir in some cinnamon or nutmeg.

Crimini Mushrooms
B vitamins are essential for energy production, and crimini mushrooms deliver an abundant supply. Slightly firmer and browner than white mushrooms, crimini mushrooms contain riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, folate and vitamin B6.

To incorporate these energy-boosting gems into your diet, try adding them to stews, soups, stir-frys, or salads.

Tea
Black, white, oolong, and green tea contain L-theanine, an amino acid that creates an alert yet calm state. L-theanine can pass through the blood-brain barrier within 30 minutes, has been successfully used for the treatment of anxiety and improved concentration and focus.

With tea, you can also get a slight caffeine boost (without succumbing to drinking coffee). If you’re looking for tea with the most caffeine, you should go with black teas, but be sure not to drink it too close to bedtime. If the caffeine interferes with your normal sleep routine, your energy levels will surely be negatively affected.

Eggs
Eggs provide a great source of iron, zinc, and protein. There are six grams of high quality protein in an egg that help to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized and includes the amino acid leucine, which is an important part of protein synthesis. Eggs also contain B vitamins that aid in energy production.

To increase your protein intake, have one whole egg plus one or two egg whites (an egg white contains 3.6 grams of protein). And eggs aren’t just for breakfast – try adding a sliced hardboiled egg to your salads or sandwiches.

What’s your go-to energy boosting snack or meal? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also connect with us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

For the best and freshest sandwiches and salads in Pomona, visit us weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm or Saturdays from 10:30am-4:30pm. Do you have a party or event coming up? Inquire about our catering services!