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Health Benefits of Baobab preworkout and post-workout

exercising after preworkout baobab

What is baobab (and what are the health benefits of Baobab) ?

Baobab is the fruit of the baobab tree found in Africa (and to a lesser extent in Australia). Per weight it has more antioxidant powers than other superfoods such as Goji berries and blueberries. Its been well known for its health properties for centuries in Africa ( by those in the know).

Baobab has lots of fiber which helps in the controlling blood sugar levels and is Baobab is great for your digestion and the healthy working of your bowels because of this fibre.

Baobab is contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, thiamin, magnesium, and calcium and fibre. It is also great for your skin and aids in the natural collagen regeneration process. The Vitamin C Baobab contains also helps with the production of Vitamin E , that helps to protect and repair skin.

Baobab preworkout and Baobab Post-workout

Baobab can be taken prework and post-work to gain health benefits. Baobab increases alertness and decreases tiredness, so can be good taken before a workout to give you abit of lift and then same logic can be applied post-workout. It will also give your post-workout skin a boost.

How to get baobab into your diet, Baobab like many other superfoods (such as maca ) can be purchased as a powder. You can then add it to your recipes or sprinkle it on your porridge and so on  ( here are some recipe ideas for Baobab ). Or why not add our Apricot Baobab to one of our snack boxes and get it and other healthy snacks posted to you.

Baobab can be added to sauces to thicken them (it has natural sauce thickening properties), its also gluten free, so if your looking for a healthy gluten free way to thicken sauces, you can use Baobab.

 

Toni Terry – New year training

January 2017

 

This last month has been an incredibly busy one for me!

I have been spending several days each week training with my PT, Bradley Simmonds. My training regime has involved a combination of very intense HIIT sprints on the treadmill at a speed of anywhere between 16.5 and 19, weights and TRX training.

I try to mix up my fitness plan as much as possible so that my body never knows what’s coming! With this in mind, we throw in some sessions in the garden with the 15kg medicine ball, ropes, ladders and bands, and then finish off with boxing which is, again, great for cardio and toning.

I have started to add PLYO box training to my plan as well; it’s such a great way of conditioning and building strength.

I also compete in Dressage, which means I get to train my horses at least 5 times per week. That adds a completely different dimension to my training, as it’s such a solid workout on the core (and can also be a pretty intense cardio session depending on how ‘bouncy’ the horse is!).

On top of all of that, I am always out and about with my husband and two children, walking our dogs or riding our bikes. It’s so important to keep the whole family active!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months getting my diet just right, specifically for my active lifestyle.

Here’s what I eat in a typical day:

Breakfast

Poached Eggs with either Smoked Salmon or Ham, and Tomatoes

OR

Greek Yoghurt with Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola and Agave Nectar

Lunch

Grilled Chicken Breast or a Prawn Salad

Homemade soup on cold days

(On training days I will include Brown Rice or Sweet Potato to my meal)

Dinner

White Fish or Chicken and LOTS of green vegetables or salad

I do still love a sweet treat, and that’s where Nutri-Bombz fit perfectly into my diet. In between meals, or just when I feel like I need a sweet pick-me-up, I will always turn to my box of Nutri-Bombz as I know they are full of healthy vitamins and nutrients.

Happy New Year!

Toni x

 

Shona McCallin – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Shona McCallin

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”

I usually train between 8 and 10 times a week meaning eating enough food and, more importantly, the right food, is so fundamental. Preparation is therefore key; fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

My preparation for my week ahead usually starts on Sunday morning. Over breakfast I have a look at what my week entails (each week is different) and plan food and snacks for each day accordingly. Some days I will need to take snacks and lunch to training and some days I will have time to pop home in between sessions and grab some lunch. My go to lunch is definitely two pieces of toasted rye bread topped with a banana and crunchy peanut butter – can’t beat it!

I try to keep my diet pretty simple; I eat little and often, snack on the right foods, ensure I eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. I often get asked “do you still eat chocolate?” and the answer is yes – everything in moderation. Chocolate is my go to food meaning I absolutely love the many chocolate flavoured Nutribombz. Tough one but I think my favourite at the moment is the Black Forest Gateau flavour.

 

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