What goes into the Perfect Pre-Workout blend?
- First thing is you need a quick, easy to access source of carbohydrates (i.e simple sugars) to allow the muscles to load up glycogen stores. In addition to simple sugars, you also need a good source of slow release carbohydrates.
- A quality source of easy to digest protein is also needed towards muscle build, repair and recovery.
- Foods to promote the update and preservation of hydration are another important component. Also foods that are high in potassium are helpful pre-workout do to their ability to replace electolytes lost due to sweating.
- Vigor enhancing / nervous system stimulating foods are also common in pre-workout formulations. To this end, foods containing caffeine are often used.
- High antioxidant foods are another, as they mitigate the effects of stress on the body caused by intense exercise.
- Think ease of use. Ideally your Pre-Workout Blend which can be simply added to water, given a shake in a Protein Shaker bottle, and then consumed.
The following recipe is simply a guide to help those of you interested in creating your own Pre-Workout Blend. We’ll work with you to add and subtract from the below to come up with your very own, improved, Custom-made Pre-Workout Blend!
30% Organic Maca Root Powder – Legend has it that Incan Warriors consumed Maca Root before going into battle, such was it’s purported positive effect on vigor and stamina. It’s sometimes referred to as “South American Ginseng” and is one of the most studied Superfoods on the market today. In respect to it’s benefits as a Pre Workout food, the following article provides a detailed summary of the benefits of maca root supplementation for athletes and bodybuilders .
20% Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder – We all know protein is needed by athletes for muscle growth and recovery. It’s therefore important to provide the body with high quality protein ahead of exercise. What makes Sprouted Brown Rice Protein such an excellent pre-workout protein source is that it’s 80% by dry weight pure protein and due to it having undergone bio-fermentation, it is delivered in a form which requires less energy to be broken down and absorbed. Brown Rice Protein Powder is also easily soluble in any fluid and has a naturally sweet, creamy flavor, which is not chalky in texture.
Another great thing about brown rice protein is that for branched chain amino acids, its exceeds the amount of BCAAs found in whey for 2 out of the 3 (isoleucine and valine). For leucine, whey is higher but only by less than one-half of a percentage point.
Finally, we’ve also suggested Brown Rice Protein Powder because it’s mixes easily in water (i.e can go into a protein shaker filled with water) and most people enjoy the taste of it.
20% Banana Powder – Banana’s are nature’s PowerBar,” which contain the ideal mix of the types of sugars athletes need, including glucose, fructose, and sucrose, similar to what’s inside most sports drinks. Better still, the sugar in the banana gets through the intestines just as fast as that of sports drinks, but it’s bundled with good things, like potassium and vitamin C. Potassium is particularly important to athletic performance as it helps maintaining nerve and muscle function. Considering that we lose potassium in sweat, and the body doesn’t store potassium for very long, it makes good sense to load up on potassium pre-workout.
Bananas also stimulate the production of dopamine in the brain, which is important in counteracting the effects of free radicals which are produced through exercise. Dopamine stimulation from banana’s helps improve antioxidant capacity, which in turn combats the damaging effects of free radicals.
If you’d rather not have banana flavoring, you could perhaps use a berry powder such as strawberry or a mixed berry blend, which again are micronutrient dense and high in antioxidants.
10% Organic Black Chia Seeds – these little powerhouse seeds are an outstanding source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids but it’s the “gooeyness” of chia seed after being added to liquid that creates one of its best-known athletic benefits. The seed’s outer husk is hydrophilic, meaning it draws in fluid. When mixed in water, chia seeds can absorb 10 times their weight in fluid, making them an excellent addition to an intra-workout mix, or a great way to pre-hydrate and prolong hydration during intense training. This is the logic that drives a growing number of pro athletes to mix chia seeds into their nutritional shakes.
5-10% Matcha or Guarana Powder – All of these foods provide a source of caffeine which provide the athlete with a “spark” of energy, by stimulating the central nervous system before exercise.
10% Organic Coconut Sugar – Pre-workout nutrition is largely about getting high quality sugars into the body to fuel metabolism. Coconut sugar aside from adding to taste, is unlike refined sugar in that it has all of it’s abundant micronutrients intact.
If you don’t like the sound of having sugar in your blend, you might like to consider Monk Fruit Powder, which like Stevia contains no sugar and virtually no calories. Significantly though, unlike Stevia which has a bitter after taste, Monk Fruit Powder actually tastes good and enhances flavor. It’s also extremely high in antioxidants and has a cooling effect on the body.
At Private Label Superfoods we create your very own Custom-Made, Superfood blends, with Your Logo on the Label.
All that is required to get started is to purchase a minimum (total) order of 200 Units of Product (with a minimum of 50 units per individual product).
For more details please refer to our How it Works page.