Posts tagged pre workout
Easy Workout Snack - Sweet Potato Puree

Most people know that my go-to food option before or during a workout or competition food! Yes, really. Sweet potato baby foods are easy to eat and digest, high in carbs, low in fat, and taste quite good. While baby food pouches aren't expensive, it's just as easy to make your own "workout baby foods" at home. It's SUPER simple: DSC_0001_03

1. Roast some sweet potatoes until they're very soft.

2. Scrape flesh from skin and place in a food processor with about 2 tablespoons or so of water.

3. Puree. Add water if needed for a smoothier consistency.

4. DONE.

Seriously, it's that easy!

Now plain sweet potatoes are pretty delicious, but they can be a little boring so feel free to add in some additional goodies. My favorites are:


  • applesauce: add about 1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce for some extra carbs and flavor
  • honey: add in 2 teaspoons or more of honey for sweetness and fast digesting sugars (super helpful during competition)
  • cinnamon: I usually add about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon simply because it's delicious
  • protein powder: add in 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder (vanilla flavors work well here)

Told you, simple. And you don't have to deal with people asking you about your child (that doesn't exist), explaining that they're snacks for YOU, and getting odd looks while you're buying a boatload of baby foods.

My Favorite Pre, Intra, & Post-Workout Foods

As my competition nears (getting so close!), I've been thinking about what I'm going to bring with me to eat. The event is most likely going to last from 10-5 or 6 so I'm going to be in for a long day. I will make sure to post about what I end up bringing and what worked/didn't work.  But for now, I thought I would talk about what I eat before, after, and during my workouts since I've gotten a few questions about it! Pre-workout: I generally have a pretty picky stomach and I don't do well with a ton of "real" food in my stomach before I workout so I tend to stick to pretty basic stuff. I try to mostly stick to stuff that is easy to digest and that will stick with me for a few hours. I generally I like some carbs, some protein, and fats before a workout.

- bacon

- pureed pumpkin or sweet potato

- coffee with coconut milk

- jerky

- almond butter

- protein powder

Intra-workout: I very rarely eat or take in anything during a workout unless I'm going to be in the gym for 2+ hours. I focus on liquids and quick digesting sugars for when I need a little something.

- protein powder (Check out the ad in the sidebar for 5% of a custom or pre-made mix from True Nutrition!)

- candy. Yes, really! There have been times when I have felt weak or dizzy or like I need some immediate energy and candy has definitely helped.

- fruit + carb purees - baby food is awesome for this

Post-workout: I eat a TON after my workouts. I focus mainly on getting a bunch of carbs and protein to help facilitate recovery and strength gains. Also, if I'm going to eat something like chips, fries, ice cream, or a milkshake - it's going to be a hard and heavy workout. Because everyone knows that milkshakes = gainz.

- rice - my go-to carb source for post-workout food.

- regular potatoes

- sweet potatoes

- pumpkin


- ice cream!

- protein powder (protein powder + rice + some almond milk or coconut milk + maple syrup & cinnamon = post-workout rice pudding!)

- beef - I always crave steak or a burger after a workout so I eat more beef than anything else after a workout.

- dates


Anyone have a favorite pre or post workout food?