Power Couple: Protein and Exercise + Recovery Recipe

I love the ease of packing Greek yogurt, and the protein it packs important for boosting lean muscle mass gains, enhancing exercise recovery and helping with weight loss.  Here’s how I like it  enjoy it after resistance training .Grapefruit, pomegranate Greek Yogurt

I like to get it on board  30 minutes after a workout to take advantage of the relationship between protein and training; exercise sensitizes muscle to amino acid uptake. Studies have shown that protein type, amount and timing are the factors that influence muscle protein synthesis. This is the snack that delivers  21 grams of  protein, high in the amino acid leucine ( responsible for triggering  muscle protein synthesis).  ‘Cause I like to keep the sugar content low,  I use the secret ingredient I introduced you to in my last post…

macerated grapefruitIf the macerated fruit isn’t  sweet enough with the yogurt, add a little Monk Fruit in the Raw (zero calorie natural sweetener) to the yogurt and then layer with fruit. My recipe with exact measurements is below.

Layering Greek yogurt with pomegrante arils and macerated grapefruit makes a refreshing post recovery snack with the type and amount of protein necessary to maximize training gains. Hope you enjoy!grapefruit, pomegranate Greek Yogurt

Grapefruit Pomegranate Greek Yogurt (serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Monk Fruit in the Raw, Bakers Bag (optional)
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup pomegrante arils
  • handfull of pistachios, shelled

for the macerated grapefruit

  • 1/2 grapefruit, sectioned
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Place grapefruit and honey in a Mason jar and allow to sit for 15 minutes or cover and refrigerate for up to one day.
  2. 1. In a small bowl, stir Monk Fruit into Greek yogurt. Add pinch of salt.
  3. 2. In a parfait glass or portable yogurt cup, layer pomegranate arils with yogurt and macerated grapefruit. Finish with fruit.
  4. 3. Add pistachios just before eating.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 161kcal Calories from fat 1
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 361mg 15%
Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 21g
Protein 19g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

How to Naturally Sweeten Yogurt & Greek Yogurt

It’s a secret ingredient…and I’m sharing it with you today. I’ve developed this out of a need.. a need to help individuals find the right yogurt. Don’t get me wrong,  yogurt is great source of protein, calcium and probiotics (good for your stomach).  That’s why I love yogurt, devour it daily,  and  recommend it as a fast, casual meal or snack. However,  unless you eat it plain,   finding the right yogurt  is often a daunting task;  many store bought yogurts have as much as 24 grams or about 6 teaspoons of sugar.  So try my secret ingredent, to enjoy the yogurt goodness with less sugar…
How to Naturally Sweeten Yougurt & Greek Yogurt Macerating fruit  increases the flavor, much like marinating meat. The honey draws out the liquid from the fruit, sweetens it and leaves a delicious syrup. Simply add 1/2 cup of fruit to a mason jar and then add 1 teaspon of honey. Let sit for as little as 15 minutes, or do ahead and refrigerate overnight. Add this to 6 oz of plain yogurt or Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoons of honey, to reduced the  added sugar by over half of what’s in most store bought yogurts. Stay tuned for my next post, I’ll  show you how I make a perfect  post recovery snack with Greek yogurt and my macerated grapefruit!How to Naturally Sweeten Yougurt & Greek Yogurt

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