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Top Foods to Fuel Your Workout

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Top Foods to Fuel Your Workout

By Laurel House, Planet Green

If you want to get a really good workout, you have to remember to fuel it. It may seem counter-intuitive, but consuming some calories before, during and after your workout will actually help you to burn more calories. Conveniently, the greatest foods for fueling your green exercise are often the greenest: natural, whole, organic local foods.

Food is your body’s fuel. But don’t just go out and grab a candy bar and consider yourself adequately gassed up. Though they aren’t called “candy bars,” many of your favorite “energy” and “protein” bars are loaded with just as much sugar as a chocolate bar. So how do you know what’s “healthy” when it comes to the best food to fuel your workout? If it’s green it’s good (at least most of the time).

Generally speaking, green foodsóconsisting of organic, nutrient-rich ingredients, are the most efficient and effective source for sustained energy throughout your workout, while supporting more effective muscle strengthening, calorie and fat burn.

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3:35AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you, bookmarked it.

1:44AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

I just got done eating my green apple

10:17AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Of course I would read this right after getting back from the store and buy a bunch of protein bars. Oh well, let's hope I work out hard enough to burn it all off!

1:52PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

I love information like this! Trying to change my eating and exercise habits and the more informed I am, the better choices I can make. Thank you!

11:53AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

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11:10PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Great info! Thanks!

3:03PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Thank you

6:34PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Thanks!

2:43PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Ooops sorry!...I mean a banana and two egg white before work out.

2:41PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

A banana and two eight white before workout. A cup of oatmeal with a kiwi fruit, half an avacado and two teaspoons of grounded raw flaxseeds after workout. Fast to prepare, good for the abs and easy on the pocket too.

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