Pre-Wedding Shape Up

Pre-Wedding Shape Up
by Guest Post /

The decision to get married is one of the most exciting moments of your life. However, the day after the proposal comes the toughest part. Selecting your dream venue, DJ, and food are all important items you can delegate. What you can’t delegate is your body. You want to look and feel your best on your day and the only one who can make that happen is yourself.

How can you prepare? The first step is selecting a fitness plan that’s right for you. We’ve already talked about habits vs goals. Here are some suggestions that can help you maximize your time at the gym: 5 pushups, 10 sit ups, and 15 squats, running through each of these exercises for 5 rounds is a great start. Also, be sure you incorporate aerobic exercise, too! Whether it’s jumping on the treadmill or running in your neighborhood, it’s always great to strive for 20-25 minutes of this type of workout. In addition, an ergometer is a great alternative to the treadmill and requires work from every part of your body. Last but not least, don’t forget to stretch once you’re done!

The second part of your plan is refueling your body in order to reap the benefits. Selecting the right snacks after your workout will allow your body to rebuild and replenish your tired muscles. Be sure to grab a snack that contains a blend of both protein and carbs. Over the last few years, experts have seen an increase in pistachio consumption when it comes to protein based snack ideas. According to Mayo Clinic, pistachios contain sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium which help in blood pressure control.

 

Check out this protein cookie recipe to help you recover and satisfy your sweet tooth:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ Cup almond flour,
  • ¼ Cup pistachios,
  • ½ Teaspoon baking powder,
  • ¼ Teaspoon sea salt,
  • 3 Tablespoons raw sugar,
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoon cool water,
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil,
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla,
  • additional ingredients local honey and sea salt.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare chia seeds by combining 1 tablespoon of chia seed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let sit for five minutes so it can thicken up a bit. Combine all dry ingredients and mix them together well. Add oil, vanilla, and chia seed. Whisk together. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet (no spray needed if using a nonstick pan). Gently flatten each ball with the back of a spoon. Slide into oven and bake 10 minutes or until they are golden brown (the top of the cookies might still look pale. Carefully lift one cookie up to see if the base is golden brown. If so, then they are done. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the tops or drizzle with a little local honey for extra flavor and sweetness. For extra crispy cookies bake for an additional five minutes on convection bake (watch closely to avoid burning). Best eaten the day they are made. Store cookies air tight in a container and refrigerate until eaten. Remove from the refrigerator and let the cookies come to room temperature.

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