Do you ever wonder what you should eat for pre-season? Today we are honored to have a guest post on eating healthy, by Alana Mears. She has tons of experience working with youth and adult athletes. She is also a fitness nut and trainer. I remember one time she was having me go through a workout and she said “okay 10 more seconds, 10, 9, 8 – now remember to keep your core tight and make sure you are breathing 7, 6 and get your back straight and stay focused… 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. I mean 10 seconds to her was really 20 seconds. I didn’t like that, but hey she helped me get stronger. Alana has such a heart for helping people be more healthy and I am happy to share her post below. Enjoy!
Guest post by Alana:
Blueberries – YUM! Blueberries are an essential ingredient in my house – they are one of the strongest antioxidant fruits out there, help with disease and aging [a big one for us girls!], help with reducing belly fat and more.
Actually there is not hardly one area of the body not aided by these power balls [yes – I am a mom to a little boy!].
These muffins are also good for vision and brain power – perfect for soccer players!
I highly recommend these as what to eat for pre-season weight loss & muscle building as you fight the winter cold and flu season and get ready for pre-season training!
BLUEBERRY PROTEIN BARS
- 1/2 cup oat flour*
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup date sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-3.5 oz container of apple / blueberry baby food
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup water
Add last [see instructions below]:
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
Mix dry and wet in separate bowls then add together. Then add walnuts and blueberries.
Spray an with non-stick spray and bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I like using 2 loaf-pans and distributing evenly for thicker bars 🙂 After completely cooled the bars need to be refrigerated.
*This recipe can be used 2 ways: as a sweet treat for weight loss [using almond flour] or as a sweet treat for muscle recovery [with oat flour]. The oat flour can also be used for cheat days on a weight loss diet but not for regular use. Oat flour is great for athletes but can spike insulin, which creates muscle recovery in the athlete. Other times use almond flour because the body has to produce too any things to offset the insulin spike in blood sugar.
*Alana Mears is a awesome crazy-person into nutrition and training. She is one of the toughest fitness trainers I’ve ever met and must be good since she trains pro athletes, college kids, body builders, cops, and me – her brother-in-law. :p
Hope you have a great year now that you know what to eat for pre-season.
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