Layers of pumpkin and chocolate chia pudding make for a great snack post workout snack or even a delicious healthy dessert.
The last 3 weeks at CrossFit have literally been packed with PRs (personal records). I’ve added 10 pounds to my clean, 15 pounds to my overhead squat, 5 pounds to my back squat, 10 pounds to my front squat, 5 pounds to my shoulder press and just last night came the closest I’ve ever come to a ring muscle up. Like *soooo* close. If you know anything about CrossFit, you know that’s like the benchmark movement. I also don’t feel like dying quite as much during the conditioning portions of the workout and there’s literally only one thing this can all be attributed to.
I mentioned how I was working with a coach from Renaissance Periodization for a 3-month nutrition plan a few posts back and seeing how every single one of these PRs has happened during the 3.5 weeks I’ve been following their nutrition guidelines, I’d have to say it’s working.
My very first thought when I looked at my plan was “woah, carbs”. I was definitely being told to eat a ton more carbs and protein surrounding my workout time than I was used to but considering I’d felt stagnant on almost all of my lifts for literally almost a year at the gym, I was happy to oblige and see what happened.
3.5 weeks later, 5 PRs are what happened weighing 2 pounds less than when I started.
There are a ton of snacks and smoothies on this site, many of which are protein packed and great for pre or post workout but using what I’ve learned nutrition wise from the last few weeks, I wanted to put together a snack/dessert that works even better with my current macro-nutrient plan.
This pumpkin chocolate chia pudding uses medjool dates for a carb boost, healthy pumpkin and dark cocoa powder, chia seeds (a superfood filled with healthy fats and protein) and of course, good old dairy milk for it’s excellent protein content.
With 1 serving providing 8g of protein, it’s the perfect ingredient for this chia pudding as a workout recovery snack. Chocolate milk has been long been touted as the “perfect” workout recovery snack since it’s a great balance of carbohydrates and protein. This pumpkin chocolate chia pudding is my fancy fall version on that classic.
Dairy Management Inc. puts together a video series called Acres + Avenues which brings rural dairy farmers and young urbanities together to not only illustrate how the dairy products they love get from the farm to the table, but also to celebrate the shared passions that unite them. Their latest episode brings boxing coach, Dana Chubb and NY dairy farmer (did you know NY ranks 4th in the nation for dairy farming?) and registered dietitian, Abbey Copenhaver together to spend a day in each other’s shoes.
As a boxing trainer and international kettlebell competitor, Dana realizes the foods she eats needs to pack a nutritional punch to keep her healthy in and out of the gym. As someone with a shared appreciate for nutrition, Abbey helps explain the farm to table story of dairy milk to Dana, as well as test her skills in the ring.
If there’s one thing Dana, Abbey and I can all agree on, it’s that nutrition matters when it comes to workouts. Properly fueling your body makes a huge difference in performance and when there’s pumpkin chocolate chia pudding to help you do so, why wouldn’t you?!
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