Picture this. You just finished your BBP workout. You’re sweaty, you’re exhausted, you just kicked a bunch of brave booty. You put your equipment away and behold, in front of you are two doors. The door to the bathroom and the door to the kitchen. Which door do you choose?
Let us answer this for you. You choose the kitchen! Go, run… get in there! Why? Take advantage of the magical 30-minute post workout fuel up window (say that 3 times fast!).
Eating after a grueling sweat session plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to optimize and replenish its energy stores. Properly fueling yourself post-workout can help your body recover faster from the stress and muscle breakdown that occurred during your workout!
Phew! Glad we got that sorted out. Ok, now that we have you in the kitchen and you’re ready to eat, let’s talk about WHAT you need to be eating.
To help your body replenish and recover, you need a combination of carbohydrates and protein in the ratio of 4:1 or 3:1 (carbohydrates:protein). Too much protein and will inhibit your body’s absorption of the carbs while just the right amount will help produce muscle building amino acids and hormones (yay!)
Here are some of our favorite post-BBP Beat Down Food Options:
- Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potato
- Protein Shake with half a banana and almond milk
- 1 Piece Ezekiel bread w/hummus
- ½ cup Oatmeal with 1 scoop Protein Powder
- 1 fried egg with half an Ezekiel English muffin
Remember, after the sweat has hit the floor and you’ve finished your post-workout stretch the best room to run to is the kitchen! Get those nutrients in, fuel your body so it’s stronger (and less sore) the next day and you’re on your way to your best body yet.
Feeling like getting a little festive with your post-sweat protein shake? Us too. Since we’re in the first week of our BBP HOLIDAY HUSTLE we’re sharing the recipe for our favorite Pumpkin Spiced Protein Shake. It’s simple to make, more delicious than ice cream and trust us, it’s way better than that sugar-filled PSL you were going to grab from Starbucks!
The BBP Pumpkin Spiced Protein Shake
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 3/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1 Scoop natural nut butter (almond or peanut butter work great!)
- 1/4 pumpkin (raw, not the pumpkin pie filling…loaded with sugar!)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- Ice Cubes
Blend until creamy and enjoy! Want a jolt of caffeine? Cut the almond milk in half and add some coffee… delicious!
Ok… now that we’re full and happy it’s time for a shower! Until next time, keep up with those braveEATS friends!
Lindsey + Amber