Easy Post-Workout Snacks

hummus

The food that you eat after a workout is extremely important, as it needs to be something that will help your body to repair muscle tissue while replenishing your glycogen stores, which end up depleted after periods of intense exercise. If you have been looking for some new post-workout snack ideas, these are not only deliciously healthy, but incredibly satisfying too.

Hummus with a Whole Wheat Pita
Hummus, which is a dip that is made from puréed chickpeas, is packed with protein, and a whole wheat pita is a great source of carbohydrates post-workout, making this a fantastic, and tasty, combination. To add some extra zing to this snack, try incorporating some new flavors into your hummus, whether this be red peppers, jalapeños or beets, all of which will provide your body with some extra antioxidants too.

Pistachios

Dry Roasted Pistachios
While all nuts contain protein and healthy fats, pistachios have the highest levels of potassium in comparison to all of the other nuts, and since potassium is an electrolyte that you lose through sweat, pistachios make a great post-workout snack. To add more texture and flavors to this snack, toss some pistachios into a bag with raisins, along with some other nuts and seeds, making your very own portable trail mix.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
A large number of athletes tend to depend on protein shakes for their post-workout snack, but the taste of these can often put many people off. For a healthy and tasty alternative, try whipping up a peanut butter and banana smoothie at home, adding a small touch of protein powder, along with some almond milk and a sprinkling of cinnamon. The protein in your smoothie will provide your body with long-lasting energy, while the cinnamon will help to control your blood sugar levels after your workout. If you want to make your smoothie even more nutritious, experiment with adding some other fruits, or leafy greens such as kale or spinach, to the mix.

Yogurt parfait

Greek Yoghurt Parfait
Greek yoghurt contains just the right amount of digestible protein to help your muscles recover from a workout, and turning it into a yoghurt parfait makes it even more nutrient-dense. While this may sound like a complicated snack, it will only take you a couple of minutes to put together. Simply pour the yoghurt into a portable container, before topping with granola and berries, making sure to remember to bring along a spoon!

Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Chicken
If you have been working out at home and have access to a kitchen immediately after, then this hot snack promises to hit the spot. Sweet potatoes are a hugely beneficial post-workout food, as they are packed with so many vitamins and nutrients, as well as just the right amount of carbohydrates. Eating this along with some grilled chicken will not only create a well-rounded snack, but will also ensure that your body is receiving all of the lean protein that it needs.

Eating after a workout is important, and you should aim to have a snack within 20 minutes of your training in order for your body to optimally function. While you may feel ravenous after a particularly gruelling session, be sure to keep your snack under 150 calories, so that you do not undo all of the hard work that you have just done.

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Luxurious Pamper Must-Haves

A luxurious pamper session has the ability to melt away everything that may be causing you stress, providing you with the opportunity to treat your mind, body and soul to some rejuvenating indulgence. From an essential oil diffuser that fills the room with calming scents to a fluffy robe that makes your body feel as though it is wrapped in a cloud, these items will ensure that your next pamper session is as luxurious as can be.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser is ideal for creating a spa-like setting and is definitely a must-have for your next pamper session. While there may be a huge array of different essential oils out there, there are a few that have been proven to help eradicate stress and relax the body, such as lavender, jasmine, ylang-ylang, chamomile, bergamot and sandalwood, so these are the ones that you should focus on.

Fluffy Robe and Slippers
To really enable your body to relax, you need to free it from restricting clothing, which is where a comfortable robe and slippers come in. To add even more of a luxurious spa touch, place your slippers and robe over a heated towel rail before stepping into the bath for your soak, so that they will feel warm when they touch your damp skin afterwards.

A Spa Pillow
A soak in a warm tub is always calming, especially if you are usually quite busy and do not often have the opportunity for so much me-time. A spa pillow will take your bath soak even further, with comfortable cushions that wrap around your head for support.

Fresh fruits

Healthy Snacks
While you do not want to feel full or bloated during your pamper session, having a selection of light and healthy snacks available will help to keep your energy levels up. Slices of fruit are ideal, as these are fresh and hydrating, while a cup of green tea will help to boost all of the positivity that you are sending into your body.

A Relaxing Playlist
The background music that you hear at just about every spa is there for a reason, with tunes that are able to relax the mind being specifically chosen. A relaxing playlist is absolutely crucial to set the scene for your luxurious pamper session, and each of the tracks that you choose should help your surroundings to feel even more tranquil.

Rejuvenating Products
A pamper session is a great time to invest in a product that you would not normally use, such as massage oils or a foot scrub. Focus on an area of your body that really needs some TLC, and search for a product that is able to tackle any concerns that you may have.

A pamper session does not need to be difficult to put together, and once you have these items gathered for your first session, you will easily be able to turn to them when you want to treat yourself again in the future. Taking some time to pamper your body has been proven to bring with it a variety of physical and mental health benefits, so do try to find the time to really treat yourself every once in a while!

Summer Nutrition Tips

Barbecues in the sun, an abundance of ice cream and vacation indulgence all make it that much harder to stay healthy in the summer. However, the summer is also when fresh, seasonal produce is more widely available, and our bodies could definitely do with the extra boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to help it cope with the change in temperature and the dehydrating heat. OROGOLD brings you some useful summer nutrition tips to help you to stay healthy during these warmer months.

Grilled chicken with fresh salad.

Light Meals
Lighter and smaller meals are much better for your body than large, heavy ones, and, with the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to lighten up your diet. Summer fruits and vegetables are naturally high in a whole range of antioxidants, as well as fiber to aid digestion, and this is desperately needed by the body in order to cope with the extra stress that the summer months place on it. However, those same fruits and vegetables lose many of their nutrients the more that they are cooked, so OROGOLD recommends eating them raw, or just lightly cooked, as much as possible.

Woman drinking water from a bottle while jogging.

Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the summer months may seem obvious, but it is still something that many fail to sufficiently do. Not only does drinking plenty of fluids keep away the chance of heat stroke, but it also improves metabolism, helps digestion, and plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair. For those of you who find it difficult to pack in the recommended amount of daily water, or simply just prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruit slices to your bottle of water, as well as some mint leaves, to create your own fruit-infused water. OROGOLD also recommends that fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, citrus fruits and spinach, should also be added to your diet.

Sweet potato made with herbs and onions

Potassium-Rich Foods
Due to the extra sweating that the body does during the summer months, your potassium levels can quickly become depleted, impacting your muscles and nerves. To keep this from happening, try to fit in as many potassium-rich foods into your diet as possible. These include bananas, winter squash, sweet potato, white beans and yogurt. OROGOLD suggests using these ingredients to create snacks that you can pack and take with you during the day, so that you are less tempted to purchase processed snacks and more likely to stay as healthy as possible. If potassium loss is something that really worries you, OROGOLD recommends doing some research on cooking methods, as with potatoes, for example, baking them gives you double the amount of potassium than you would get if you boiled them.

Generally, since the fresh produce available during the summer months is so high in nutrients, the body needs less food than it does in the colder months. If you are relatively active during the summer, then it is important to keep replenishing your body’s lost potassium and sodium, as well as to remember to stay hydrated.

Celebrity Diet Secrets – OROGOLD Reviews

Model having a cup of coffee in a cafe.

Celebrities are known for their crazy diets, often taking it to the extremes in order to shed a few pounds. However, OROGOLD has looked at the many different celebrity diets out there, and found some that are really actually quite beneficial to the body. Take a look at some of the best celebrity diet secrets out there.

Woman having her breakfast in bed.

Never Skip Breakfast
The phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ couldn’t be more true, and this is why American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, has one rule when on a diet; never skip breakfast. Rather than opting for a large, greasy breakfast, choose something light. For those who are rushed for time in the morning, OROGOLD recommends a protein bar, as these can be a great source of energy and nutrients.

Woman on a vegan diet.

The Vegan Diet
The vegan diet is a popular one amongst celebrities, especially when it comes to losing baby weight. Beyonce and Jay Z completed a 22-day vegan diet together, while Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding and Kate Mara also try to eat as vegan as possible. Simply put, a vegan diet means cutting out any foods that come from animals, including meat, all dairy, eggs and even candy that contains gelatin. Instead, you would focus on a plant-based diet that is rich in grains, seeds, nuts and lentils. Although this may seem difficult, there are many delicious vegan alternatives to your favorite meat and dairy foods that should help curb any cravings, and there are plenty of tasty vegan recipes out there that will soon have you wondering why you didn’t try going vegan sooner.

Woman enjoying wine and salmon on bread.

The ABC Rule
Celebrities such as model/actress Kate Upton keep themselves in shape by following the ABC rule when it comes to their diets. This means cutting out alcohol, bread and processed carbohydrates, which is much more simple than other diets. For her main protein, she chooses a simply cooked salmon or a grilled chicken breast, and pairs this with steamed vegetables. Upton also makes sure that whenever she snacks during the day, she chooses healthy foods, such as raw almonds, a green juice, or a protein bar.

Woman sipping on coconut water in a beach.

Coconut Water
Hydrating, low in calories, and with four times the amount of potassium as a banana, it is no surprise that coconut water is a favorite with many celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Demi Moore and Sienna Miller. Madonna has even gone as far as to invest $1.5 million in Vita Coco Coconut Water, truly showing her devotion to the product. In addition to lowering blood pressure and aiding with digestion, coconut water is also packed with electrolytes, which are the minerals that are necessary for many important body functions, such as brain operation and muscle movement.

Although some celeb diets may seem slightly crazy, celebrities do have plenty of great diet secrets that we can all benefit from. From cutting out animal products to hydrating the body with coconut water, these are all great tips that we should all consider incorporating into our lives.

Healthy Alternatives to Everyday Snacks – OROGOLD Reviews

No matter how strict you are with your diet, it is almost impossible to avoid unhealthy foods, and many of us end up giving in to temptation when hit with a particular snack-food craving. Many popular snacks are high in sugar and fat, and although they may temporarily satisfy you, they also aren’t doing you any good. Although making healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks may be slightly more time consuming, not only will you feel better about eating them, but they are also likely to be beneficial to your body in a way that packaged snacks are not. OROGOLD helps you choose from the best healthy alternatives to everyday snacks.

Woman having a dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is one of those treats that many find extremely difficult to give up, but with popular chocolate bars containing so much sugar and saturated fats, many people still give it their best shot. Rather than trying to completely cut chocolate out of your diet, opt for an organic dark chocolate instead. These are naturally dairy-free, contain no additives, and have a high cocoa content, meaning that you won’t need to eat as much to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Bowl of homemade baked fries.

Baked Fries
Rather than snacking on deep-fried french fries, try baking your own fries at home. Sweet potatoes make excellent fries, giving you a boost of vitamin A at the same time. For something even quicker, cut potatoes into thick wedges and go heavy on the seasoning, adding some paprika or cayenne pepper as well. After baking them in the oven, you will have a tray of delicious yet healthy spiced potato wedges to eat.

Bowl of baked kale chips.

Baked Kale Chips
These are extremely quick to make, and a whole tray can be baked in just five minutes. One of the best things about kale chips are that they take on other flavors extremely well, whether it be lemon-basil, spicy miso, or just a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Their delicious crunchiness is definitely addictive, but it does not matter how many you eat, as kale is a healthy super-food that will give your body high doses of vitamin K.

Bowl of Japansese Miso Soup .

Miso Soup with Buckwheat Noodles
Just one package of ramen can contain up to 400 calories, and are usually full of MSG, an additive that is known to cause nerve damage. By keeping your cupboards stocked with a few simple ingredients that you can buy at most stores, you will be able to make a quick noodle dish that will satisfy you much more than a bowl of instant ramen. All you need to do is mix some miso paste with some cooked buckwheat noodles, a dash of soy sauce, and any other vegetables, meats or herbs you happen to have in your kitchen. Simmer the soup until the paste has dissolved, and you will be enjoying a tasty meal in no time at all.

If you have other favorite snacks that you are trying to give up, the internet is a great resource to find a whole variety of healthy alternatives. Not only will you feel the difference in your body after opting for healthier snacks, but you can also make many of them in bulk, giving yourself leftovers that you can snack on for the next few days.