Everyone has their preferred pre workout snack, and mine was a simple protein shake. But a few weeks ago, my protein shake did not sit so well with me. I guess it felt too heavy right after waking up, so I was forced to try something else.
I looked around the kitchen to find a simple carb that will supply enough energy to sustain me through an intense workout.
I noticed there was some organic honey on the counter and decided to go for it since I was running out of time. So, I mixed a tablespoon with some cinnamon and creatine and headed off to the gym. Surprisingly, my stomach felt calm and my body was enjoying it, so I continued with the same concoction for the rest of the week.
The conclusion was that honey was my perfect pre-workout supplement.
I couldn’t wait to look it up and see if there was any validity to what I was experiencing. And there was!
One of the studies compared honey’s effects to other carbohydrate gels. Honey showed to be just as good or better than those industry sport gels!
As a pre-workout snack, honey can increase power, speed and endurance. Honey acted as a time-released carb source that did not create a sugar spike and crash. It’s low glycemic index, sustained blood sugar for up to 2 hours after a workout.
As a post-workout supplement, honey mixed with protein was shown to be great and effective for refueling and recovering the muscles.
Another study showed that eating 1-2 tbsp before bedtime can improve sleep.
Here are just a few more of honey’s nutritional benefits:
- Infused with vitamins & minerals
- Contains Amino Acids
- Speeds wound healing
- Contains Anti-inflammatory properties
- Acts as a hydratng skin treatment
- Contains Enzymes and friendly bacteria to aid in digestion
- Tastes Yummy!
If you’re looking for a natural energy booster full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, or just looking for better zzzz’s tonight, then why not give honey a try.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!