One question I get asked a lot is, “what should I eat before a workout?”. I’ve talked about the nutrients you need and a few pre-workout meal ideas in a blog post back in November, but to sum it up, you need carbohydrates and protein from low fat, low fiber foods. Overall, it’s just important that you eat something, and this tends to be hard for people who exercise early in the morning or run a tight schedule. If you need a quick burst of energy before a workout, try this simple and easy apple fig butter. I got the inspiration from the PaleOMG website, but wanted to make a version with no added sugar and fewer ingredients. Try 2-4 spoonfuls for a quick source of fuel before your next workout.
3 apples (I used Pink Lady apples)
15 dried figs
1 cup water
1 TB cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Peel and chop apples. Remove stem from figs, and chop. Add all ingredients to a crock pot. Cook on high for 4 hours. Remove from crock pot and blend using either a blender or food processor. Recipe should yield about 20 tablespoons, or close to one average sized mason jar.
*Note: If you have a food processor, it’s not really necessary to chop the figs. You can simply remove the stems, cut in half, and toss in the slow cooker. However, if you have a blender (especially a cheaper one like mine), the blending process will be much easier if the figs are pre-chopped.
For 2 TB: 76 calories, 0 grams fat, 1 gram protein, 20 grams carbs