Today, I’ve enlisted our LaurenConrad.com nutritionist Shira Lenchewski, RD to create three homemade trail mix recipes that will give you long-lasting energy. Each one is a little different and intended for a specific time of day. Take a peek below to find out how to spice up your favorite mixes.
Shira says that before exercising, you want to eat a combination of complex and simple carbs, like puffed buckwheat and dates. The complex carbs from the buckwheat in this mix will keep you going throughout your workout, while the fructose from the dates kicks in rapidly and gives you quick energy.
Dates (pitted and cubed)
Raw cacao nibs
After a workout, you want to make sure you’re eating foods that'll help repair the muscle fibers and replenish glycogen stores, which are depleted by a strenuous workout. You do this with ample protein (about 10-20 grams), combined with a carbohydrate source that the body converts quickly into energy (like goji berries). Let’s just say if you like the taste of wasabi peas, you will love this post-sweat sesh snack.
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Dried goji berries
Orange peel zest
Pink Himalayan salt
These three trail mixes are healthy snack choices for any time of the day. Just think about how much better you will feel after eating one of these energizing mixes than soda, chips, or candy! What healthy ingredient will you add to your trail mix?
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