Plant-Based Fuel for Your Home Workouts

Plant-Based Fuel for Your Home Workouts by Elizabeth Harrington

Like pretty much everyone, my 2020 fitness routine definitely looks different than past years—and that’s totally okay! As an influencer who my shares my passion for an active, plant-based lifestyle via Instagram and my website, I was always rushing off to try and fit in a cycling, rowing, bootcamp-style or yoga class into my schedule. Now that I do all my workouts at home or outside on my time, I’ve found that I have more flexibility around actually getting workouts in because I’m not trying to fit a class time into my schedule.

What hasn’t changed in my fitness routine is my need for plant-based fuel.

And like my workout routine, I’ve found that spending more time at home presents new opportunities for plant-based snacking. I’m making and enjoying a wider range of protein-rich foods for before and after my home-based workouts—and I’m loving the positive results I’m seeing!

Today I’m sharing three of my favorite go-to plant-based snacking options: an ideal pre-workout fuel-up, a higher protein post-workout smoothie, and my go-to all-situations protein snack. Whatever you need, I’ve got you covered with these easy, yummy plant-based protein ideas that will help sustain you during or refuel you after your workouts.

Energy Balls

I love making different flavors of the traditional protein ball! They’re a great no-bake option that’s super easy to make. Start with this basic recipe and then feel free to add in other ingredients to switch up the flavor: cinnamon, clove, cacao, coconut, you get the idea!

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips

In a food processor, pulse dates, then add oats, peanut butter, vanilla extract and chia seeds. Once blended together, fold in mini vegan chocolate chips. Roll into balls and store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate Blueberry Plant-Based Protein Smoothie

Plant-based protein powders are becoming wildly accessible, which is awesome! I love the organic hemp and pea protein powders from Whole Foods 365 brand. They’re a versatile single ingredient that I can I pick up when I’m at Whole Foods grabbing ONE Bars. So convenient!

  • 1 handful kale or spinach
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (I love using wild blueberries for antioxidants!)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 large banana
  • ½ cup nut milk of choice
  • plant-based protein powder (per serving suggestion)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender and enjoy!

Step 1 - Blend Ingredients
Step 2 - Enjoy Smoothie

ONE PLANT Bars

OK, so this isn’t a recipe, but ONE PLANT bars are my go-to for pretty much whenever! They’re a great option for before workouts because they provide sustainable energy without the sugar crash due to having only have 1g of sugar. I also reach for ONE PLANT bars as a quick post-workout refueling option because of the 12g of plant-based protein they provide.

Plant-based recipes don’t need to take up too much time or be complicated. Start with these ideas and then start swapping 1 or 2 ingredients at a time to create new recipes. Soon you’ll have a handful of go-to recipes to fuel you through whatever activity you’re doing!

I hope you absolutely love adding in these easy plant-based recipes to your home workout routines. Try not to get discouraged if you can’t make it to your favorite workout spot this year.

Take it as an opportunity to try something new at home!

There are so many apps and influencers offering awesome affordable options, and you just might find yourself with more time on your hands than ever before.
 

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