I love how seasons form the natural backdrop to our eating. Every time I go the farmer's market during the peak of Summer it feels as though the produce rushes towards me, shouting pick me, pick me! Peaches are plump and juicy, the tomatoes are bursting at the seams and I can't turn a corner without blackberries threatening to take over a table. Juice is literally flowing out of every fruit and vegetable I see and every plant is demanding all my attention.Read More
Sunday night and you promise yourself you're going to hit the gym HARD this week to make up for the weekend's festivities. As you hit snooze on the alarm clock 5 times on Monday morning you promise yourself tomorrow you'll get up extra early.
Getting to the gym is 90% of the battle. Too exhausted to get there. Can't seems to lose the pounds or put on more muscles? Too sore to come back the next day when you finally do get there? Chances are that your problem isn't your actual fitness routine- but rather what you're not drinking before and after your workout. If you're not fueling before workoutand RE-fueling post workout, then you're not really giving your body the benefit of your exercise program.
Below are two juices specifically designed to make your workout count.
Drinking a nutrient packed glass of green juice infused your blood with minerals and enzymes that boost your energy and motivate you to stay focused and strong during a good workout.
The enzymes help to dilate blood vessels and improve your blood flow, carrying nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body for an effortless and extended physical workout.
Prepare your juice the night before and drink 1/2 hour before you leave the house. In this way you will increase blood count for more efficient performance, improve respiratory function for longer endurance and reduce inflammation occurring from intensive strength training.
Juice the following
Yields 1-2 servings
1 Large cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1/4 bulb fennel
1 green apple
1 knob ginger
1 handful of parsley
Add 1 tsp flaxseed oil
Your post workout juice should not appeal as much to your taste buds as it should meet the refueling needs of the workout you just finished.
When you don't refuel properly after a workout you're more likely to snack later in the day because you're still really hungry.
Juice the following:
Yields 2 Servings
1 small beet
1.5 pink lady apple
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 small knob of ginger
Pour into blender and add 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp plain hemp powder. Blend and Enjoy!
Drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself throughout your workout and the rest of the day.
Prepare this juice when you make your pre-workout glass of juice, bottle and refrigerate. After a good workout, it is very unlikely that you would want to set up the juicer to make another drink.