Friday, March 25, 2011

My favorite pre-workout snack: sweet potato pie shake

For anyone visiting my blog via my article on MDA, you may have noticed that I mentioned that, while I eat low-carb, I get some starchy carbs before a workout. This is my favorite pre-workout snack. Strict low-carbers can substitute pumpkin for the sweet potato, making this a pumpkin pie shake; a great way of getting your orange veggies.

This uses coconut milk (for medium-chain fatty acids), sweet potato (a nice starchy medium-GI carb with lots of health benefits), cinnamon (improves insulin sensitivity), and whey protein (a fast-acting protein source). It works out perfectly to fuel my workouts!

I use canned organic sweet potato puree because it's fast and easy. You can definitely cook and mash sweet potato ahead of time, though. If you do that, I recommend running the sweet potato through a food processor so that you can easily shake up the resulting puree up in a blender bottle. Otherwise you will need to use a blender.

SWEET POTATO PIE SHAKE
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
  • 12 fl oz lite coconut milk (full-fat is too thick) or almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop (I use a 25cc scoop) of vanilla whey protein (I use True Protein whey isolate in natural premium vanilla, which is sweetened with stevia only. More info here.)
  • Lots of pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon (I use Penzeys)
  • Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS
  1. Shake up everything in a blender bottle.
  2. Drink
  3. Train hard!!

16 comments:

Mike said...

Just found your site via MDA; love it, especially this preWO snack idea.

Jane, South Africa said...

what a gem of a site to have stumbled across!! No time to read it at length now, nearly midnight, but have bookmarked it for a quiet hour or two this w/e. Well done on your journey AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR KITCHEN EXPERIMENTS!!!!!! especially the preWO snack, beats my brown rice/banana shake.

Patty said...

Loved your story on MDA Erica! The one of you doing push-ups looks like a Nike commercial. Beautiful!!

Raj Ganpath said...

Good stuff! Will try this for sure. Thank you!

Erica said...

Thanks guys! Let me know if you try this, I drink it in the car ride on the way to the gym, and I think it's perfect :)

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Hi there.
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Am i able to get some advice off you.
I am currently eating primal as best i can at the moment but the weight is not shifting.
Can i get any tips or excersize advice, at the moment i am only walking an hour 4-5 times a week

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