Honey is a well-known superfood. But can its long list of health benefits be enough to improve your athletic performance? Studies have shown that it’s possible. Use this guide to learn how Adee Honey Farms honey can help you get the most out of your next workout.
How Honey Helps
The foods you eat are made up of essential nutrients that impact your performance long before you hit the gym. The most critical, however, is your consumption of a macronutrient called carbohydrates. It’s critical to properly fuel your body for exercise. Other macronutrients—like proteins and fats—are also critical to better performance.
To best prepare for a workout, have a full meal two to three hours before you hit the weights. If you can’t fit all these micronutrients into a singular meal, that’s where honey comes in. It contains multiple sources of carbohydrates—primarily in fructose and glucose (sugar)—that can help provide muscles with an added boost. You’ll only need about a teaspoon, and there’s multiple ways to get a buzz before, during or after a gym session.
When you exercise, your muscles use glucose in your blood for energy. Honey contains carbohydrates including fructose and glucose that can help regulate your muscles to give you an extra push. And it’s easy to incorporate into your pre-workout snack for a quick, natural, energy boost. Try the methods below, or find something you like.
• Avocado Toast with Adee Honey Farms Honey Drizzle
• Low Fat or Fat-Free Yogurt with Adee Honey
• Lean Protein (Eggs, Chicken, Salmon, etc.) with Rice and Adee Honey Drizzle
• A Cup of Oatmeal with Fresh Berries and Adee Honey
Mid-Workout Honey Boost
Throughout your workout, you’ll more than likely start to sweat. This leads to a loss in the carbohydrates you need to keep going at a steady pace. If you need an added energy boost, you can continue to fuel your body with a mixture of water and honey. You can add a pinch of salt to this drink so your body can absorb its nutrients a little faster.
Post-Workout Honey Protein Shake
Many people drink a routine protein shake after their workout. It’s quick, easy and contains all the nutrients necessary to help your muscles recover. Protein shakes come in many forms. They can be a fun and creative way to mix different fruits, vegetables and fats for a healthy kick that doesn’t feel like it—especially if you find a way to sneak honey into the mix. We’ve listed some healthy combinations below that you might enjoy.
Protein Powder, Bananas, Peanut Butter and Adee Honey
Protein Powder, Fresh Mango, Pineapple, Greek Yogurt and Adee Honey
Protein Powder, Oranges, a Frozen Banana, Greek Yogurt and Adee Honey
Much like any health and fitness goal, there isn’t a magic food or workout that’ll make all the difference. But studies suggest incorporating honey into a good exercise routine with the right protein intake can help you lose some weight and build muscle.
DISCLAIMER: At Adee Honey Farms, we love to help people understand the many benefits they can gain from honey. But it shouldn’t be your only source of nutrients. Supplementing a diet with honey can be a safe practice, but you should always check with a medical professional to see how to better incorporate honey into your diet. This is especially important for people who are diabetic or pregnant.