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Top Foods to Fuel Your Workout

Pre-Workout Green Food Ideas

  • 2 hours prior to your workout eat a carbohydrate heavy (60%) meal. Think organic chicken and quinoa or line-caught fish and wild rice with veggies. Vegetarian beans and rice works well too.
  • No time for a real meal? Eat something that your body can easily digest like a protein drink. Choose protein powder from whey, soy, or flax. Blend it with 1/2 cup organic frozen fruit and 1 1/2 cups water. The liquefied food will allow your body to quickly use its energy without diverting blood required for digestion to the stomach (which can cause cramping and detract from your workout).
  • 30 minutes before your workout, try a banana.

During Exercise Green Food Ideas

  • Consistently Hydrate.
  • Consider electrolytes like watered down organic fruit or tomato juice.
  • Forget fiber during your workout as it may upset your stomach while you’re moving around, so save it for later.

Post-Exercise Green Food Ideas

  • 30 minutes to 2 hours after you workout, eat a protein heavy (60%) balanced meal.

A handful of nuts and dried fruits can provide a post workout balanced protein/carb meal. It’s especially great when you know your post workout meal is hours away. During long days, we like to keep a small container of it in the car or purse as a healthy quick-fix snack.

In order to regulate yourself and your body’s personal needs, experiment with different foods and food combinations. Because you likely won’t remember the most effective food choices, Yang recommends that you keep a food journal, that way you can track your progress, be aware of your pitfalls, and eat consciously.

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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


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


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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