A bunch of you said that you like seeing what I eat in a day (aka "Meals in Monday" or "What I Ate Wednesday), so I plan to keep this type of post alive on CNC. I'm always interested to see what other people eat before and after their workouts, so I thought I'd share how I fueled my Orangetheory workout yesterday. In general, I don't change my eating habits around workouts all that much, but I do sometimes switch things up, depending on the workout and how I'm feeling. With that, here's how I fueled and refueled my Orangetheory workout!
7:30 AM: Half of a Munk Pack Protein Cookie
If I work out at 8:30 or 9:00 AM (at KFIT or CrossFit), I typically eat a full breakfast a couple of hours before class. Yesterday, Quinn and I were running behind and OTF wasn't until 11:15 AM, so I ate half of a cookie to hold off my hunger until I could eat breakfast. I picked a Munk Pack Protein Cookie because 1) it was easily accessible and 2) not made with weird ingredients like some protein cookies on the market. Each cookie is gluten free, NON-GMO, vegan, and doesn't contain sugar alcohols (hallelujah!), trans fats, dairy, soy, or eggs (also hallelujah since my egg experiment is still going on). The nice people from Munk Pack sent me a few samples, and now I'm a huge fan. I obviously love the ingredients, but the taste is amazing. They're so soft, chewy, and not too sweet, so they're perfect for a quick grab-and-go snack or even dessert at the end of the night.
8:30 AM: Three shots of decaf espresso over ice with half & hHalf
It's work time at Starbucks, so I ordered my favorite "get sh*t done" drink.
I'm not starving, but I know I need to eat something before Orangetheory. Lately, I'm loving this overnight oats combination because it's made with protein and healthy fats, which are good for balancing hormones and keeping me full for awhile. Plus, the oats (carbs) will give me some energy for my workout!
11:15 AM: Orangetheory workout
1:00 PM: Shredded chicken with BBQ sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, and sauteed baby spinach
Thanks to some Sunday food prep, the ingredients for this meal were waiting for me in the fridge. All I had to do was put them on a plate and pop it in the microwave to heat up. Easy-peasy! I picked a combination of protein (chicken) + sweet potatoes (carbs) to help my body recover from OTF. I'm not super strict about refueling my body right after a workout, but I try to eat (or drink) something within the hour. I often opt for a protein shake (SFH + Maple Water + decaf iced coffee + unsweetened almond milk) because it's convenient, but if the timing of my workout coincides with a meal, I'll pick that over a protein shake purely for the higher nutritional value.
4:00 PM: Half of a Munk Pack Protein Cookie
The other half was calling my name! 🙂 I mean, the package was already opened, so the cookie was just getting staler and staler, right? I probably should have picked something a bit more nutritious, but, hey, sometimes a cookie is exactly what you need!
6:00 PM: Chicken sausage with zucchini and parsnip fries
This was another throw-together meal, thanks to some food prep. I opted for high-protein and relatively low-carb and low-fat because I had plans to drink wine with friends later in the evening.
7:30 PM: Glass of wine + a few pieces of cheese
A couple of my friends hosted an event at a local bar, so I stopped by to support them.
Questions of the Day
Do you change up your meals/snacks depending on your workouts?
What's your favorite way to refuel after a workout?
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