For the past 6 or so years I’ve always used a pre and post workout shake that usually consisted of some type of either whey protein or amino acids and some type of carbohydrate such as dextrose and maltodextrin.
I recently switched to whole foods for health reasons primarily and wanted to see how it compared to research backed protein/carbo drinks.
1 cup full fat organic yogurt
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup Ground Venison
1 cup Red Quinoa with mushrooms, onions, tomato
Preworkout logic: Adequate amount of carbohydrates and fat to keep blood sugar levels normal during exercise and antioxidants to combat free radical damage from exercise. This is similar to my normal meals with slightly greater carb intake. Exercise creates the demand for more carbohydrates.
Postworkout Logic: Protein and carbohydrates to restore carbohydrate stores in the body(glycogen) and to start protein synthesis (creation of new muscle tissue). More antioxidants from vegetables to fight free radical damage from exercise.
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