Obviously a pre-movement snack should be energizing (without the refined sugar), it should be filling (without making you feel heavy), & it can’t be too light (how will you push through that last mile, rep, or sun salutation?!) So what’s the secret? Your goal should be to combine carbs & protein to give your body the energy it needs to move & recover afterward.
Carbs are your body’s most readily used source of fuel! Those muscles you’ve worked so hard for use the glycogen stored in your muscles & liver for energy, specifically high-intensity BURSTS of movement! Bananas are a fast acting carb containing minerals such as potassium & fibre that aid in maintaining muscle. Whole grains like the ezekiel wrap used for this recipe provide additional fibre & protein, a combo that has been shown to increase athletic performance & facilitate improved muscle recovery (sore no more!). Lastly, for those of you who are in it for the long run, fat becomes the primary source of fuel for longer & lower intensity activity.
Don’t risk a rumbling tummy the next time you’re headed to class! Try out this quick & easy snack that will give you a long lasting energy boost!
- 1 whole grain or ezekiel wrap
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- drizzle of honey
- sprinkle of hemp hearts
- sprinkle of cacao nibs
- Lay your wrap on a flat surface and spread the nut butter over it.
- Place your peeled banana in the center.
- Drizzle with honey & sprinkle with hemp hearts & cacao nibs.
- Roll up your wrap and slice in half.
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