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Monday, November 17, 2014

How To Get the Most Out of Your Workout

I was provided samples to try out for myself. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am always asking my personal training clients - are you getting your protein and carbs after your workouts? I take them through really intense workouts, and I want them to get the most out of their workouts. During those intense workouts, they are actually breaking down their muscle fibers, which is why it is so important to fuel afterward with the right foods and/or drinks. For more of the details on why you want to consume protein and carbs within about a half hour after a workout, check out What Should You Eat After a Workout?

Here are a few great ideas on what you can use to refuel after your workouts.

I recommend Shaklee Physique (after workout drink) all the time! It is a pure, natural, high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery, endurance, and strength. The intelligent-release protein blend and unique protein-to-carb ratio:

• Allow your body to absorb a full spectrum of amino acids over time
• Help build firm, lean muscles
• Help restore muscle energy
• Support muscle repair


Physique contains the right amount of protein and carbohydrates to help you recover faster and optimize muscle rebuilding. It contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives, and is made by a company I trust and use myself - Shaklee!

Another choice for protein shakes are Vegan Nutritional Shakes and 25g Organic Protein Shakes by Orgain. Like all Orgain products, the shakes use organic protein, organic brown rice, organic fiber and 23 vitamins and minerals. All products are USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and there are no artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. I love how creamy these are - they almost taste like you are drinking a milk shake!
  •  Vegan Nutritional Shake – The perfect blend of organic veggies, fruits and vitamins, this shake is the first-ever USDA Certified Organic vegan shake on the market. High in protein, the Vegan Nutritional Shake is dairy free, uses 16 grams of organic plant-based protein and is a great ready-to-drink option for moms on-the-go, busy professionals, athletes and more. *Available in Sweet Vanilla Bean and Smooth Chocolate 
  •  25g Organic Protein Shakes – Made with 25 grams of organic, grass fed protein, this first-ever organic high-protein shake is only 150 calories, has no added sugars and contains only 3 grams net carbs. The 25g Organic Protein Shake is perfect for athletes, weight management, patient nutrition and more.*Available in Creamy Chocolate Fudge

BOTAN is an all-new health beverage start-up and the world’s first 100% soluble vegetable protein beverage. If you are interested in non-animal protein products, this might be a great fit for you. BOTAN is changing the landscape by offering an option that’s vegan, organic, gluten-free and rich in antioxidants while providing 25% of the recommended daily protein intake (12g). 


It is available in three flavors - Strawberry Cucumber, Mini Tomato and Pineapple Coconut - BOTAN is now offering consumers an entirely new way to nourish themselves that’s healthy, sustainable and convenient. I was a little skeptical of this drink and these flavors, especially Mini Tomato, but they all tasted great! They are delicious and refreshing served nice and cold.

A different way to help you get the most out of your workouts is in little tablet form. I have been a long-time fan of RECOVERYbits and ENERGYbits. RECOVERYbits are 100% non GMO, organically grown chlorella – an algae long recommended by homeopaths as the safest, most natural way to build your immune system and prevent colds.

ENERGYbits are 100% organically grown spirulina algae, which is a power food! These are power-packed little tabs that you swallow, loaded with heart healthy Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 3 and GLA which reduce inflammation in blood vessels, plus tons of other fabulous nutrients your body is craving!! Research done by NASA showed that that 1 kg of spirulina had the nutritional  equivalent of 1000 kg of fruits and vegetables! If that is not enough for you, did you know spirulina also provides the highest concentration of protein in the world? How is that for a superfood?

Swallow (or chew) at least 30 tabs a day to experience all the health benefits from algae. I love to take mine before or after exercising, since they help fuel my body and help it recover after intense workouts. I love these little bits, and when I strike it rich, I will be eating them all day long!

I am always telling my fitness clients that no matter who you are, everyone needs to get their protein and carbs for recovery after a workout. Your muscles need this to rebuild. Otherwise, you are not getting the most out of your workout, and we certainly dont want that!

2 comments:

  1. I have to say, I've not heard of any of these, but I'm game to try them. I always have made sure I didn't work out on an empty stomach, but never realized why they say it is important after - now I know!! These sound great!

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    1. Great! Yes, I personally use the Shaklee shakes on a regular basis, and I know my performance and recovery is better because of them!

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