There is one thing that takes up a lot of time in my busy life that I haven’t really talked much about here on the blog. You could call it my other hobby, one that I sometimes priorities over extra sleep, coffee dates and steady legs – here I am talking about exercise! I am what you could call a workout enthusiast and I simply love all kinds of physical activity. My favourite and ‘main’ type of exercise is running. I have been a steady runner for more than 10 years and not one single week gets by without at least one spin around the forrest, regardless of season and weather. But I acknowledge the importance of variety and strength training, that is why I combine my running with all kinds of strength and functional training from pilates, flow yoga, TRX, cross-fit and old school Arnold S. weight lifting.
When you have an active life and want to keep your muscles strong, healthy and maybe even growing a bit, it is very important to focus on your food post and prior workout. I have learned so much about this topic during my education, but it had never really been my area of expertise, since I would rather create amazing meals that suited my mood and enjoy them whenever I feel like it. But when it comes to fuelling the body to gain the best results from you workouts, timing and composition of meals are rather important – and even I need to adjust a bit to this.
Since I am a active morning kind of girl, the thing that is very important to me is to have a pre-workout meal that will be quickly digested and leave the stomach before I start jumping around. Here fluid meals are a great idea since they generally are digested 4 times as fast as a regular meal. Another thing that is important is to get some carbohydrates into the bloodstream (from e.g.. banana & berries) and some bioavailable proteins (from e.g.. egg) both pre- and post-workout – this way you won’t break down muscle tissue in order to get energy and your restitution will be quicker and more effective.
So how to get this magical meal that ensures your body optimal training and restitution. I have created a shake that I think is pretty damn cool. I use it as a quick meal before I exercise and sometimes I have it after a long run to get some fast energy into the system. The magical thing about this shake is the RAW egg. I totally prefer this protein source over any kind of powder since it is filled with bioavailable, all-natural proteins and at the same time packed with nutrients and healthy fats.
If your gag reflexes comes out straight just thinking about drinking a raw egg, it might not be the thing for you. But I promise you that you can’t taste the egg. It just provides a wonderful creaminess to the shake, but you need to try it one or two times to ensure yourself that it is no big deal, trust me I’ve been there. And if you live in a country where raw eggs aren’t cleared for salmonella or you might be pregnant and want to be careful, then you can simply use a pasteurised egg
I hope you have the guts to try this out – your body will surely thank your for it, and perhaps you will see some new improved results… it’s not for nothing that Rocky aka. Sylvester Stalone and Gaston (from beauty and the beast) walk around with those big guns :)
Pre-workoutshake with blueberries & raw egg
100 g blueberries (frozen are just fine)
200 ml milk of your choice (adjust it to your preferred thickness)
1 raw organic egg
A scoop of avocado (optional)
1 Tbsp flaxseed oil or avocado oil (optional)
4 ice cubes
1/4 tsp vanilla
Place everything in a blender and blend until you have a creamy smooth shake. Adjust thickness with more milk or a splash of water if you desire. Drink straight away – and have a happy workout!