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It’s so important to fuel you body before AND after exercise. Your body can’t perform to it’s full potential if it’s not fueled properly and given the proper nutrition to recover. I’m all about that post-workout fuel. I mean, hey, it’s the best part of my workout…eating afterwards! 😉 So the Recipe Redux challenged us to create a pre- or post-workout recipe using potatoes…except not sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are AWESOME and have so many benefits but sometimes they are so hyped up that all the other potatoes get left out (sad) and the other potatoes have awesome nutritional benefits as well. So shout out to all those lonely, forgotten potatoes. Now, a few fun facts about the greatness of potatoes. Did you know…
- Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy you need to perform at your best.
- Potatoes are nutrient-dense complex carbs.
- Potatoes have even more potassium than a banana.
- Potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable.
Yeah, they’re pretty fantastic in terms of nutrition, and especially for fueling your workouts. I decided to use one of my favorites…red potatoes…to create a post-workout lunch. I just kind of added a few of my favorite things and this is what I cam up with. It’s super simple (took me less than 10 minutes to throw together) and was so yummy and best of all incredibly healthy and packed with lots of important post-workout nutrients! (Which I definitely needed after a cardio/leg day!).
Veggie Potato Chicken Kabobs
- 2 medium red potatoes
- 3 oz. grilled chicken
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- 1-2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
- Dash of black pepper
- Wash the potatoes and microwave, covered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until softened
- Cut up bell pepper and chicken into bite-sized cubes
- Spray a frying pan with olive-oil (or other) cooking spray and turn heat up to medium-high
- Cut up the softened potato into bite-sized cubes
- Add potatoes, tomatoes, chicken and peppers to the pan and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper
- Cook, stirring occasionally until the peppers and tomatoes are softened and all the ingredients are slightly browned
- Remove from the pan and let cool a little bit
- Take cooled veggies and chicken and “layer” them onto skewers
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
- Enjoy! (Trust me, you will. They’re delish!)
Better yet this tasty meal meets the “Post-Workout Performance Recipe Nutrition Guidelines”
Carbohydrates: 67 g
Protein: 33 g
Fat: 2 g (4% of calories)
Sodium: 525 g
Potassium: 1805 g
This is a decent amount of calories for a post-workout meal. It also provides enough protein to help repair those muscles you worked out so hard, while providing lots of healthy carbs to refuel all that energy you expended. It’s low in fat and has plenty of sodium and potassium to replace the electrolytes you lost in your SWEAT. Don’t forget to pair this with WATER or another post-workout, hydration drink to replace the fluids you lost while sweating your face off!