One of my go-to snacks this summer has been frozen grapes.
It’s a pretty complicated recipe so pay careful attention:
1. Take some grapes
2. Wash them and pat dry
3. Put them in a ziplock bag
4. Put them in the freezer
Watch out, Gordon Ramsey, there’s a new chef in town!
You can eat them straight out of the freezer or you can wait a bit for a softer, slushier consistency.
Frozen grapes are especially good in the summer because, in addition to tasting amazing, they can keep the rest of your food cold when you’re heading out to the beach or the pool.
At only 67 calories per 100 grams (about a cup), grapes make a great, naturally sweet snack. Plus, they're a decent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, and a host of other beneficial phytonutrients!
And they come in some pretty sweet (no pun intended) flavors:
So getting to the topic of this article...
Is Fruit a Good Post-workout Carb Source?
I used to avoid eating fruit in my post-workout meal because I thought that it wasn't able to replenish muscle glycogen stores.
Here's what Alan Aragon (the Yoda of nutrition) has to say about it:
"Welp, here's something that apparently is not common knowledge - generally speaking, almost HALF of the non-fiber carbohydrate in fruit is glucose. Don't forget that along with the free fructose and free glucose fruit contains, the sucrose it also contains is exactly half glucose and half fructose. Look at that, you have an efficient way of replenishing both muscle and liver glycogen. This is a good thing in terms of subsequent exercise performance
He goes on to acknowledge that if you need to replenish muscle glycogen ASAP (you have another training session in the same day), fruit may not be best as your sole carb source.
But that's not the case for most of us.
If you're simply looking for a way to get some carbs in after your workout, then fruit is a perfectly viable option!
And as a side note...
Please don't let all of the modern alarmism regarding sugar, fructose in particular, turn you off from eating fruit.
Fruit has been safely consumed for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. The fact that some people put fruit in the same category as highly refined, hyper-palatable carb sources such as candy speaks to the extent in which "sugar paranoia" dominates modern nutritional advice.
If you'd like a more detailed explanation of why sugar is not inherently bad for you, I recommend you check out my flexible dieting series.
Technically, summer is not over yet!
If, like me, you're not ready to let go of your summer, try popping some grapes in the freezer and make an effort to get to the ocean one last time before the season ends.
Hope to see you there.