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Your body is your vehicle, so it’s important to fuel your engine to keep it running when you work out. Without needed fuel, you risk driving your car on empty. You’ll be weaker and feel more tired, you won’t be as fast in your workout, and even worse, you’ll be tempted to quit before you’re done. Gasp!
And if a strenuous workout is on your horizon, particularly one with heavy strength training or high-intensity movements, you don’t want to work out on an empty tank. Doing so can defeat the purpose of your workout since it puts your body at risk of breaking down your lean muscle cells for fuel.
Not to mention, if you don’t fuel up, you may feel lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseated which can increase your risk of injury.
What do you need?
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends: “Adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during, and after exercise to help maximize exercise performance, and improve recovery time.”
Does that mean you should down a chalky protein shake before your workout? Not necessarily. The satisfying, antioxidant-rich spiced pear smoothie I’ll share with you can help you power up for your workout.
The portability of a smoothie makes it ideal if you’re on the go as it’s easy enough to keep cold in an insulated tumbler. Plus, smoothies can give you a boost of energy without making you feel overly full.
Benefits of Pears
Carbs equal energy and pears provide the easily digestible kind that quickly converts to fuel for your body. This is just what you need to help you power through a strenuous workout.
Also, studies show the vitamin C and fiber found in pears can help boost the immune system. Good news because immunity levels can dip after a workout.
In addition to carbs, it’s a good idea to consume some protein before your workout to support muscle repair, especially if you are doing weight training. The almond milk in this recipe provides just enough protein without slowing down your digestion.
When should you eat it?
A common recommendation is to eat 30 minutes to an hour before exercise to give your body enough time to digest the food. I personally like to eat protein and healthy fats to fuel me for a workout and protein good muscle recovery.
Play with the sweetness to find what makes you happy. The recipe calls for maple syrup, but you can substitute with raw honey or 1-2 teaspoons of stevia to taste. If you add protein powder, you will not need any extra sweetener.
I recommend you make it fresh, but if you want to save time, prep all the ingredients the night before, add them to your blender container, then blend the next day.
Spiced Pear Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes