AmiN.O. Energy – Pre-Workout Supplement Review

There are people on both sides of the supplement fence, those who say they would not be where they are without them and those who prefer to go natural all the way. I can see the merit in both sides of the argument. Personally, I like taking supplements because it helps give me that extra push that I don’t get from my diet. I always make sure to research the supplements I take and I feel like Optimum Nutrition’s AmiN.O. Energy is an excellent low key energy booster that will help get you to your goals.

Low Cost
I am always looking for ways to save, so I usually buy this supplement when it is on sale. Generally, this product ranges from $0.60 – $0.70 per serving.

Flavor & Texture
Optimum Nutrition offers 7 lovely flavors: Blue Raspberry, Fruit Fusion, Grape, Green Apple, Lemon Lime, Orange, & Watermelon. By far the Blue Raspberry is my favorite! I have tried a few of the other flavors and they are good but I always come back to Blue Raspberry. I generally mix 2 scoops in 8-10 oz of water in my blender bottle and it dissolves perfectly, no grit. I think most of the flavors are pleasant, no chemical aftertaste, and actually kind of remind me of Kool-Aid.

Energy

  • 1 Serving (2 scoops) is about as much energy as a cup of coffee.

  • You can adjust the amount of Pep you get by changing the # of scoops.

  • In addition to pre-workout energy it is mild enough to be used in place of other energy supplements such as coffee or energy drinks.

  • Not a crazy pump like some supplements, just steady energy. I have never gotten jittery or hot like with some other pre-workouts I have tried.

Recovery
Perhaps you have heard it before, but Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein. Our bodies require 20 amino acids to run properly. Essential Amino Acids are the 10 that our bodies can not create on their own. AmiN.O. Energy includes 9 of 10 Essential Amino Acids including the Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) which are the most important for muscle recovery.

Nutrition Facts
Lastly, AmiN.O. Energy has only 10 Calories, 2 Carbohydrates and no Sugar!

Do you use pre-workout supplements? If yes, what do you use? If no, why not?

Bananas On A Budget

Healthy food can be expensive, but there are clever ways to stretch your dollars. One of my favorite strategies is to buy food that is on sale & freeze it for later! Some of my favorites are Chicken, Ground Turkey, Avocado, Eggs, & Bananas.

Today I am going to show you how to freeze cheap, perfectly ripe bananas. 

First, find a grocery store in your area that reduces the price of their bananas when they get really ripe. In my area, Ingles or Food City are two stores I can usually count on.
This trip I even managed to find some organic bananas that had had been put on sale!

Once you get them home, peel the bananas and break them into pieces. I usually break them in half because that’s how I use them in my smoothie recipes. Trust me, it is easier to break them up now than when they are frozen.

Then, place the banana pieces into a quart size freezer bag. I usually only fill the bags about half way up because I don’t use them all at once. This limits freezer burn from opening & closing the bag repeatedly over time.

Last, I would advise putting the date you stored your bananas on the bags so you can keep track of how long they have been in the freezer. If untouched, I’m sure the bananas would stay good for 6 months or more, but they honestly never last that long in my house.  Just remember, If you aren’t using the whole bag at once, try to get as much air as possible out and reseal it well after each use.

Not sure how to use your newly frozen bananas? Check out my Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe for some inspiration!

Pre-Workout Nutrition

If you want to get the most out of your workout, it is important to have an understanding of Pre-Workout Nutrition and how it affects your body. I can tell you from experience, that if you don’t fuel your body properly before you get started, you won’t get the results you are working for. Those of you that have read my Bio know that I learned the hard way. So, if you are not keen on the whole light-headed thing & you want your body running its best, today’s post is for you!

Meal Timing

There are many different ingredients that can be beneficial to include in your Pre-Workout routine. In today’s post, I want to start with the basics which will help you get started. Both Protein and Carbohydrates are important not only to fuel your workout but to help your body recover.
Protein & Carbs

(Men you need 25-45g of Protein & 30-45g of Complex Carbohydrates)

When planning out your meals, you should choose a lean protein source (i.e. egg whites or chicken breast) and slower digesting carbohydrates (i.e. an apple or grapefruit). The best way to discern if a carbohydrate source is slow digesting is to use the Glycemic Index (GI).

Glycemic Index Range

Often used by diabetics, the Glycemic Index rates foods on how they affect your blood sugar. Foods with a higher rating digested and absorbed quickly and results in raised blood sugar levels, while foods with a lower rating digest and absorb more evenly so you do not experience a sugar spike.

What does this mean for your workout? Choosing foods with a low GI as your Pre-Workout Carbohydrate source will keep you from experiencing an energy crash mid-session.

P-W Meal Example

Bottom line, what you put in your body determines how well it will perform. Make sure you are choosing the right fuel & you are well on your way to reaching your goals!

Shout out to Kalie for always giving me honest feedback. Thanks girl!

Reference Links:
www.muscleandfitness.com
www.glycemicindex.com
www.diabetes.co.uk