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MATREXX Posts: 579
1/22/13 8:46 A

Yankeegirl - I just have an immersion blender (current incarnation is an Oster). In the proportions I mentioned the mixture is fluid enough that spinach isn't too compacted to blend. I don't use frozen ingredients in my smoothies as the motor on immersion blenders just isn't powerful enough to grind through it.

NEWBEX2014 Posts: 138
1/22/13 2:13 A

I've always wondered what was best to do to. :) Thank you all for your suggestions.

YANKEEGAL16 Posts: 1,480
1/21/13 6:24 P

MATREXX - U stated U have a smoothie after workout - what type of blender do U use as I C U put spinach in it. I love smoothies, use a blender because I like to add some ice & crush it & I use protein powder from Andrew Lessman that I buy on t.v. - LOVE it - I just started drinking almond milk - have always used skim milk. Thanks for any info - and thanks to everyone that answered me, that was great advice.

MATREXX Posts: 579
1/21/13 12:58 P

I also work out early in the morning. My preworkout snack is simply a scoop of protein powder in water along with a litre of water. My preferred protein is Vega chocolate. Then after I workout I have breakfast which is currently a smoothie of 1 scoop protein powder, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup spinach and 1 cup almond milk. I have the smoothie within about 30 mins finishing my workout.

Edited by: MATREXX at: 1/21/2013 (13:00)
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1/21/13 11:56 A

I work out after I get off from work so instead of breakfast I'm dealing with should I eat dinner or not. For me I get off between 5-6PM and I'm at the gym til either 7:30-8:30PM depending on the night and how many classes I attend so waiting til 9 to eat my entire dinner just doesn't work for me. So days I know its going to be 9PM I eat a larger lunch to account for a smaller dinner and then when I get off of work I eat something really small like yogurt/fiber bar just to get me through the 2 hours without being to feel hungry and tired.

After its a smaller dinner than normal but its mostly filled with protein. I've always been told protein after you work out is the best bet.

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1/21/13 11:13 A

Yeah, A small piece of fruit is good or maybe some Greek yogurt. I go back and forth between eating/not eating before working out. I only recently really started eating before hand. But typically I don't eat anything before and then have a protein shake shortly after I am done with my workout.

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1/21/13 7:22 A


A few years ago I attended a nutrition seminar led by Nancy Clark, one of the country's premier sports dietitians, and she actually recommende doing what you stated. Eat a little something beore your workout, then when you are done eat the rest of your breakfast. Her suggestions before working out were quite simple--a glass of juice, banana, 1/2 a small bagel.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/21/13 6:40 A

I exercise early and don't eat breakfast until after. I would suggest eating a banana as something light before workout.

YANKEEGAL16 Posts: 1,480
1/21/13 6:17 A

I often get up early before my hubby and like to exercise. I don't want to eat breakfast without him but need a little something before exercising. I then will eat my regular breakfast such as oatmeal, an english muffin or bagel thin after he is up. What are some good, low cal, energy filled foods I could have before exercising (nothing too high cal naturally). Thank you in advance.

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