I will never forget the first time one of my clients fainted during a workout session at the gym. She was a twenty one year old vegetarian female who had hired me to help her increase her muscle tone.
So, during one of our workout sessions I noticed that she was not as enthusiastic as she had been during our past sessions. Before long she started to sweat excessively and I noticed that her body was shaking. I figured this must be from muscle fatigue and asked her to put the weights down and take a break. She bent down to put the weights down and when she straightened up again she staggered backwards. Luckily, I was close enough to catch her and sit her down on a nearly workout bench.
Once she was coherent again I asked her if she wanted to go to the hospital and this is when she informed me that she just needed to go to her locker and get her snack, which was a banana. I asked her if she had eaten anything before the workout session and she told me that she had only had time to eat a small breakfast that morning. So, most likely, she fainted as a result of low blood sugar levels.
After this incident I realized that I needed to help her come up with a quick and easy pre-workout snack that was suitable to her vegetarian diet. After a great deal of thought and experimentation I came up with this vegetarian high protein pre-workout smoothie recipe. This smoothie recipe is the perfect pre-workout snack for all athletes, including vegetarian athletes, because it is rich in nutrients (for good health), high in carbohydrates (for energy), high in fiber (for appetite control), and high in protein (for muscle growth).
Pre-Workout Smoothie Ingredients
- One 25oz jar of organic apple sauce
- 2 diced bananas
- 1 scoop Non-GMO Soy Protein Isolate Powder flavorless
- 1/4 teaspoon Saffron dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water (optional)
- 2 cups ice
- 1 1/2 cups organic coconut water
Note: Feel free to add more coconut water if your smoothie is too thick
Pre-Workout Smoothie Preparation
- In a blender mix your apple sauce, bananas, coconut water and protein powder
- Blend this mixture thoroughly
- Add your Saffron water and blend mixture again
- Add ice and blend mixture until smoothie forms