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Being a lifestyle hydration product, Nuun seeks to use and source ingredients that are clean, and inclusive of as many diets as possible. The Ketogenic (or “Keto”) diet is no exception.
The Keto diet follows the primary principles of limiting carbohydrate intake (to less than 20g or 5% of overall caloric intake per day). This diet focuses on a high-fat, and adequate protein plan to supplement the necessary nutrients and calories needed per day.
Over time, the body adapts to rely on fats for its primary source of energy (vs. carbohydrates). This shift allows the body to tap into fat stores (ketones) for energy rather than glucose. The overall goal is to reach a metabolic state of “ketosis” which is indicative of a certain level of ketones in the blood. Studies have shown that following a keto diet can aid in certain weight loss strategies and help with various body composition efforts.
So where does Nuun fit into all of this?
Your guide to delicious Meatless Monday protein options!
Working protein into your weekly diet/menu doesn’t pose many challenges unless you are looking to minimize meat consumption. Thankfully, there are many options for including a healthy dose of plant-based protein in your meal. Many combinations of legumes and grains create a complete protein profile, so mix it up and keep your protein levels in check!
This delicious breakfast recipe is a great meal option for days when you have a hard workout in the schedule.
Your muscles will thank you for the blast of plant-based protein this meal provides from both the quinoa and almond milk! Pecans provide a balance of healthy fats in addition to the protein sources, as well as a little extra crunch to break up the texture of the quinoa.
This month’s Chef Vishal featured recipe is a tasty treat that provides for the busy athlete. This quick, easy and healthy meal is packed with healthy carbohydrates and proteins, making for a perfect dish the night before a longer run or intense workout.
Added bonus: this recipe is great to make is bulk and easy to re-heat for next day leftovers!
Long runs take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re putting a lot back in! Both hydration and fuel play a major role in maintaining energy levels during a long run, but what is the optimal combination for long-haul success?
As a general rule of thumb, runs lasting less than 90-minutes can usually manage on solid, maintained hydration without the need for regular fuel stops. Workouts outlasting the 90-minute mark begin to take a different toll on your body. Over 90-minutes, carbohydrates play a key role in keeping your body fueled for continued endurance exercise.
While recognizing the global conversation around the sugar epidemic, the fact is that sugar is a carbohydrate. More specifically, it’s a carbohydrate that can efficiently fuel our bodies and optimizes fluid absorption, making it a helpful resource in your workout fuel plan (at the proper amounts). Not all sugar comes in the form of refined, white granular sugar that could immediately come to mind. Many nutrient dense foods provide a healthy dose of sugar carbohydrates needed for proper physiological functions and more specifically, endurance performance.
This is not to say that “more is better” when it comes to sugar and exercise. In fact, the near opposite is true. Too much sugar will stress your stomach and lead to GI distress (if you’ve been in this situation, you KNOW it’s not a good time). Additionally, too much sugar does have detrimental effects on your health. So, how much sugar is the “right” amount of sugar, and how should it be consumed with respect to exercise?
These delicious stuffed sweet potatoes are perfect for an easy recovery meal after a long or intense workout. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, which helps to promote muscle recovery. When paired with plant-based protein from the black beans and quinoa, you’ve got yourself a muscle recovery powerhouse!
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and chili also aid recovery from any internal inflammation built up from your workout.
This flavorful chili will satisfy your taste-buds and is perfect for a post long-run recovery meal. It packs a major protein punch through plant-based protein sources (legumes/beans), and is full of essential and non-essential amino acids for muscle recovery. To top it all off, this recovery meal provides a balanced blend of key vitamins and minerals!
This chili should be served over brown rice to round out your proteins, and avocado slices for some of those healthy fats.
For a little EXTRA yum, sprinkle with some shredded cheese just before serving!
By: Chef Vishal
When I eat pasta, I like to keep it simple with a traditional marinara only has a hand full of ingredients. This is a base recipe that's quick to make, and it's easy to add additional ingredients to match the flavor of the week. For example, add diced carrots, celery, and your protein of choice to make it into a heart bolognaise sauce.
This sauce freezes well, so you can make a batch in bulk and store it for future weeknight dinners.
Guest Blog: Katie Rodger, The Juice
As the days get shorter and nights get longer, we’re putting some glow in your go, welcoming winter with a season-proof dose of sippable sunshine. This colorful concoction is full of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and fiber, using beets as it’s base to promote muscle repair and regenerate cell structure.
Known for their endurance enhancing properties, beets increase blood vessel dilation, which means more oxygen can be transported more effectively to your muscles. More oxygen = more muscle capacity, so before you know it, you’re running with less fatigue (both on and off the track). In short: I’m not going to not say that these potent little powerhouses will make you feel like a magical, flying unicorn (or better yet .. Nuunicorn?)