It wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered the importance of having a nutrient dense, carb and healthy fat filled POST workout snack. To be honest, my mindset before that was, "Workout, eat little, lose weight!" So wrong. So very very wrong.
You see, as you burn calories and produce sweat, your muscles are taking from your body to continue to go on. It just made sweat- so it lost its hydration. So drink up! And drink a lot. Get your body that water it needs. And, it just burned a ferocious amount of calories, it used it's muscles, it pushed itself- so now it needs fuel. Fuel to continue to work as a body should and fuel to replenish and recuperate from whatever work out you just completed. When you work out, you're fast forwarding that process- putting it into hyperdrive, in a sense. I'm sure, when you're finished with your work out, you realize something- you're thirsty! You're hungry! And that's a good thing because it's so true and it's your body's way of communicating with you.
Sure I'd drink and drink, but I wouldn't eat really because I wanted to keep those precious calories I just burned off, off! Ugh. I'm a slow learner.
Some of the best post-workout snacks you can consume is a mixture of healthy fats, nutrient dense carbs, and maybe even a bit of protein all combined together into a mini meal. Even if you had lunch just an hour or two before hand, you've got to replenish your body within 15 min to an hour after a workout. The earlier the better. So fuel up!
I just discovered sweet potato toast, and I'm pretty obsessed. Since going Paleo, the carb department has been a tricky one and I find I resort heavily on sweet potatoes or yams. And to be honest, I'm really ok with that. This snack (or mini meal) couldn't be easier. You wash, you slice, you bake, you sprinkle. Done and done. The best part is it's filled with amazing healthy benefits!
Sweet potatoes give you that vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, fiber, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. Coconut butter (or manna) gives you that healthy fat boost as well as fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Chia as we all know gives us amazing boosts of fiber, protein, omega 3 and 6, calcium, potassium and zinc! Hemp hearts are another boost of healthy fats and also pack a powerful punch of protein (10 grams in just 3 tablespoons!) as well as both those omega 3's and 6's. Lastly, ground cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risks! Phew!
Seriously amazing stuff.
SWEET POTATO "TOAST"
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- 2 small sweet potatoes
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut butter (or manna)
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon hemp hearts
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
2. Wash and dry your sweet potatoes. Then trim off both ends and discard. Slice each potato into thin, lengthwise slices- about 1/8 of an inch thick. As thin as you can get.
3. Place on sheet pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, then turn each slice around and bake until slices are crispy and not burnt. Could take another 10 minutes depending on the thickness of your slices.
4. As soon as they're done, remove and sprinkle with coconut manna, chia seeds, hemp hearts and a light dusting of cinnamon.
5. Enjoy right away.