Six Pre/Post Race Motocross Snacks
After a race, your body needs to re-fuel, and this needs to come by optimal foods that will flood your muscles with the right nutrients to perform when required in the next race. These food choices need to come from Protein Fats & Carbohydrates.
A snack before and after you race helps give you energy and stamina to go the distance.
Replenish your energy between Races with these fast-acting Protein Fats and Carb combos.
- Protein Shake with Banana
A protein shake made from SGUT-MX Chequered flag whey protein, water, and half a banana is an excellent choice as your body quickly turns it into energy.
Recommended Serving Size: 2 scoops of
SGUT-MX Chequered flag whey powder combined with water and 1/2 banana, 250 calories
- Peanut Butter & Banana on Rice Cakes
Instead of bread, smooth your peanut butter choose PB-FIT ( Powdered version) or https://youtu.be/rgeM3MhNXsEWhole Earth or Meridien (Healthy Fat) NOT SUNPAT! On to two brown rice cakes for extra fibre (without empty carbs). While, you may usually avoid bananas because they’re too full of sugar, eating one after a race is good. “This is one of the only times I recommend a high-glycemic carbohydrate source such as banana because the uptake will be rapid and replenish your energy quickly.
Recommended Serving Size: 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp. Peanut butter, and two brown rice cakes, 215 calories
- Hummus and Pita
Another great carb/protein combo: Hummus and whole wheat pita. Hummus, a dip made from pureed chickpeas, gives you both carbs and protein. Coupled with the slow-release energy from the whole wheat pita, it makes for a snack that’ll keep you fueled for hours.
Recommended Serving Size: 1/4 cup hummus with one whole wheat pita, 275 calories
- Yoghurt and Fresh Berries
Protein makes sense after a Race since it contains amino acids that help build muscle. “Your muscles have been depleted of amino acids after a Race, so you need an adequate supply of protein to help build them back up so you can race again. Low-fat yoghurt can pack nearly 15 grams of protein; add some berries for carbohydrate-driven energy.
Recommended Serving Size: 1 8-ounce container of plain, low-fat yoghurt with 1/2 cup berries, 180 calories
- Tuna on Whole Wheat
What could be more filling after a workout than half a sandwich? And when you choose its filling wisely, you’ll be building muscle while you eat, too! “Research shows that carbs and protein together have a better response to post-workout/race recovery,” Tuna drizzled with a little lemon juice and olive oil spread over a slice of whole wheat bread is an ideal protein/carb mini-meal.
Recommended Serving Size: 4 ounces water-packed tuna and one slice whole wheat bread, 220 calories
- Turkey and Cheese with Apple Slices
If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, skip the bread and eat the fillings on their own! Spread a soft cheese wedge over two or three slices of lean deli turkey, then roll up for a quick, high-protein, eat-on-the-go snack. Add a sliced apple for some energy-boosting (and glycogen-replenishing) carbs.
Recommended Serving Size: 4 ounces turkey, one soft cheese wedge, and one apple, 240 calories
All the above foods are what I like to call Fast acting foods. Fast acting foods will keep the blood within the muscles so you can perform again quickly. Slow acting foods take the body longer to break down; This is not something that I recommend on race days, As your body will be using the blood to break down the food in the digestive process and this makes you feel lethargic and sleepy.
So choose one from the above options, and I guarantee you will be refuelled and ready for Race 2 or 3.