Holiday Recipes to Support Your Fitness

Fitness nutrition is not just for serious athletes. If your activity level is higher than the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, the extra (helpful) stress that you put on your muscles, joints, cardiovascular and respiratory systems will need a bit more nutrition. While the stress we put on during exercise is beneficial, so that our body wants to adapt and become stronger and better, we put ourselves at higher risk of injury and illness if our diets aren’t adequate to support our recovery needs.

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Pre and Post Workout Holiday Recipes

While the holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry, those who are in training or regularly exercise may be more likely to steer clear of the festive foods. Why? It’s not always so much that those who exercise are more conscious about not allowing themselves treats (though that is unfortunately the case often enough). Many times it’s the fear that that consuming something “different” from their norm may throw off their digestion, energy levels, and performance.

Holiday Recipes for Athletes

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Gingerbread Energy Bites

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that at 26+ weeks pregnant I’m still feeling nauseous. With this in mind, I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more excited for post-Thanksgiving gingerbread everything for that calming effect ginger has on the stomach. I can only drink so much ginger tea, so I’m thrilled to have so many more ginger-filled recipes to include daily.

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Pistachio Stuffed Dates

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, it’s definitely time to start sharing recipes for the holidays! I’ve been whipping these up and impressing family members on Thanksgiving for at least five years, so it is about time you get to enjoy them, too. Since these aren’t the prettiest of all my recipes, I showed a picture and polled my Instagram followers to see if they were still worth posting on the blog. I had an overwhelming 96% say YES, so lucky you, you get to eat these delicious things, too.

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Toast Toppings to Fuel Your Fitness

Toast is quick, fits in anytime of day, and is super versatile. Breakfast, snack, lunch, or dinner, sometimes it just hits the spot! With the fabulous #ToastTuesday trend I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to enjoy it, along with when you might want to enjoy each combo. The “trend” obviously isn’t the old boring toast you’re used to. Warmed fluffy (mostly) sprouted grain bread with a slight crisp and delicious toppings may be a better description of what I’m sharing today (along with creative recipe ideas from some other dietitians and healthy food bloggers). If you’re thinking “sprouted whaaaat?”, have no idea what kind of bread to buy, or still think “carbs are bad“, check out this post on how to choose nutritious bread. And no whining if you’re gluten-free! I have a whole category for you at the bottom!


(L: almond butter, banana cacao nibs | R: sunflower seed butter, gala apple, hemp seeds)

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Patriotic Smoothie Pops

It isn’t a patriotic summer holiday in America without red, white, blue and sparklers! After a yummy burger, grilled veggies, or any of these dietitian approved barbecue recipes, these creamy patriotic pops are fun for kids and adults to eat at the end of a hot day.

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Black Bean Brownie Bites with Hemp Seed Frosting

I know, I know, I’ve been posting a lot of dessert-like recipes lately. You all must be devastated by the fact that these delicious bites all contain tons of nutrients and are a super healthy way to indulge.

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