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Lets Talk Sous Vide

Literally, sous vide means ‘under vacuum’. The French method of cooking uses an immersion circulator which circulates temperature-controlled water so the food immersed in the water bath cooks to a precise level of doneness. 

In the past decade, this method has been used by high-end, Michelin-star,  restaurants because the advantages of sous vide cooking are considerable.  The process not only offers unprecedented control in the kitchen, but  it makes food tastes amazing.  Because the food is cooked to perfection in airtight bags, for longer times at lower temperatures the result is intensely flavourful food.  And, the nutrients stay in the food. They are not diluted by conventional cooking methods.  

How It Works

Basically food is placed in an air-tight food grade plastic bag and immersed in a bath.  Once controls are set to an ideal serving temperature of the final dish, the food eventually reaches the same temperature as the water.

The low, precise temperature ensures the food is always exceptional – a result which can’t be achieved with traditional methods making it a game-changer when it comes to serving an amazing meal.

This differs from conventional stove top and oven methods in which the heated is much higher than the serving temperature, making it necessary to remove the food at just the right moment, when its done but not overcooked.  

Sous Vide Sides, alleviate much of the anxiety  that all too often surrounds cooking. 

Whether cooking for one, or for the family; or you’re  planning a dinner party or holiday meal;  whether at home or at the cottage, Sous Vide Sides means  delicious nutritious meals and you don’t have to be stuck in the kitchen. A boon for busy families because prep and cooking time is remarkably reduced.

Prepared daily, the airless environment created by vacuum sealing helps infuse foods with the flavours of herbs, spices and other aromatics while retaining all the nutrients.    

Sous Vide Sides can be used cold in salads, or warmed in the oven or on top of the stove using one of our compound butters to deepen flavours to create  a unique, restaurant worthy meal, without the expense. 


With confidence, we can say sous vide cooking is very safe thanks to its precision and control, which pasturizes food and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.  heat food to a temperature for a certain amount of time in order to reduce enough of the pathogens to deem it safe. We often pasteurize in sous vide cooking


rapidly chilled and then refrigerated. What does “rapidly chilled” mean? It involves plunging still-sealed bags into a large ice bath to stop the cooking, let sit until chilled, and then refrigerate it for late

Interestingly, when sous vide cooking first arrived in the world of food prep, the technique wasn’t used to make food taste better.  In the late 60’s food-grade plastics and vacuum packing were mastered by French and American engineers as a safety measure to keep packaged foods in a water bath at a precise temperature for pasteurizing and sterilizing which made large scale food prep easier and safer for labs, hospitals and large scale commercial food companies. It also meant that the food processed would have a longer shelf life.

In 1974,  a French chef wanted to develop a new way of preparing foie gras. Ultimately, through experimentation, the chef  found that  foie gras lost the least amount of fat when poached at a precise temperature and the taste excel traditional preparation when sealed in plastic.  And the rest, as they say is restaurant history. 

A Word or Two About Food Grade Plastics

 minimizing prep time while maximizing food safety.


Sous Vide Sides is all about eating well.  As a company that prides itself on nutrition and environmental awareness, our team decided to to do a lot of research before launching our new line of feel good nutrition.   In short, we needed to be certain that Sous vide Sides offered superior nutrition and a sustainable methodology

High-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene are considered the safest plastics. Many name-brand plastic bags are made with polyethylene and polypropylene. These types of plastic are resistant to the sub-boiling temperatures involved in sous vide cooking, and they are also considered safe in and of themselves:



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Feed a Cold or Starve a Fever?

Cold and flu symptoms can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. Each can bring the sneezing, scratchy throat and runny nose that can be the first signs of a cold.

When you’re feeling lousy with congestion, a runny nose, coughing it’s difficult to know exactly what to do and the old adage of feed a cold and starve a fever just adds to the confusion.

But take heart,  recent medical science says the old saying is wrong. It should be ‘feed a cold, feed a fever’ because starving is never the correct answer.

While the cure for cold and flu is still no where in sight, one thing is certain — your body needs proper nutrition at all times to help keep your body functioning optimally, especially during cold and flu season. 

When suffering a cold or flu, your body needs energy so it can continue to fight off the illness, so eating healthy food is helpful when seeking recovery. The body is quick to turn recently digested food into energy, and it’s also efficient at converting stored energy in fat.

A fever is part of the immune system’s attempt to beat these bugs down. It raises body temperature, which increases metabolism and results in more calories burned; for each degree of temperature rise, the energy demand increases further. So taking in calories becomes important.

Even more crucial is drinking. Fever dehydrates your system, in part through increased sweating from that elevated temperature. So replacing fluids becomes critical to helping the body battle the infection. The same is true for combating colds.  The info graphics below outline some helpful tips when you find yourself on the wrong side of the Kleenex box. .

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Fighting Cold and Flu Naturally - Feed the Immune System

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Supporting The Immune System

When our body is functioning optimally, our immune system does a great job protecting us from various ailments like colds, flu and viruses. Being proactive supports a healthy immune system.

On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick.

The immune system is not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response but it can be safe to say general healthy-living strategies make sense since they likely help immune function and they come with other proven health benefits.

Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment. Regular exercise is another pillar of healthy living.  It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight and protects against a variety of diseases. Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.

Habits That Weaken The Immune System

  • Poor diet, including too much sugar intake.
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Not enough sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Not maintaining regular exercise
  • Obesity
  • Stress

Habits That Support The Immune System

  • The more you gravitate toward a whole, clean, minimally-processed diet, the healthier your immune system will be.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Sleep is critical for cellular repair, recovering from an illness and maintaining a strong immune system. 
  • Exercise is a powerful health enhancer and a great stress reliever. Even moderate exercise like walking, helps.
  • Learn good stress management and coping skills
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Nutraceuticals Explained

Nutraceuticals represent an exciting opportunity in the improvement of health. The word nutraceutical is actually the combination of two words –– “nutrient” and “pharmaceutical.” A nutrient is a nourishing component found in food and a pharmaceutical is a medical drug. Nutraceuticals are  naturally-occurring compounds as opposed to manufactured pharmaceuticals

In short, a nutraceutical must be derived from a food source and it must offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition.  Nutraceuticals can be used as a preventative or as a treatment. 

Nutraceuticals can control symptoms, may reduce the risk of chronic disease, may aid in the treatment of disease and promote general wellbeing.

Many nutraceuticals are widely recognized for joint and spine problems, such as chondroitin sulfate, fish oils, glucosamine sulfate and an herb known as Boswellia.

A nutraceutical product may offer a single nutrient or multiple ingredients together. They may also come in the form of herbal products or be genetically engineered as designer food. Processed foods with added nutrients can also contain nutraceuticals.  Basically, nutraceuticals may provide the body with added nutrition.  If your diet isn’t supplying your system with all the nutrients and vitamins it needs, then nutraceutical lend a helping hand.

Nutraceticals are particularly important when managing an injury or illness or if you are experiencing extra strain or stress, as these situations can increase the number of nutrients the body requires to function properly from a metabolical point-of-view.

Metabolism is a process that breaks down the nutrients in our food to produce energy. Nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and fats provide energy, while nutrients like vitamins, electrolytes, minerals and water help our bodies maintain healthy metabolisms. Having enough nutrients allows the organs and systems in our bodies to function properly and may aid in healing wounds or injuries thoroughly and quickly. Not having the right amount of nutrients can mean our bodies will take longer to heal or may even worsen.

Without a doubt, a healthy diet is one of the best ways to ensure we maintain good health. But in reality today’s diet of processed foods and high stress usually means your diet isn’t providing enough nutrients for your body. And that’s when nutraceuticals take centre stage.

There are many types of nutraceuticals:

  • Carotenoids, such as lycopene
  • Dietary enzymes, such as papain and bromelain
  • Hydrolyzed proteins
  • Mineral supplements
  • Phytonutrients, such as resveratrol
  • Prebiotic and probiotic supplements
  • Dietary fiber supplements
  • Vitamin supplements

Nutraceuticals can also come in the form of herbal products, such as:

  • Echinacea
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Onion
  • Licorice root
  • Turmeric


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ProActive Nutraceuticals FAQs

FAQs – ProActive Plant Based Nutraceuticals

What Are Nutraceuticals?

In short, a nutraceutical must be derived from a food source and it must offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Nutraceuticals may be used to support improved health, assist in the aging process or support the structure or function of the body.  They can be used as a preventative or as a treatment. 

MORE FROM OUR  BLOG:  Under The Nutraceutical Microscope:

Nutraceuticals Explained

Functional Mushrooms and Adaptogens

What Is Functional Nutrition 

Supporting the Immune System

Why use Elderberries and Wild Blueberries?

In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of purple and blue to a whole new level.

Elderberry and blueberry is clinically proven to help build the immune system and should you contact cold or flu symptoms may help you recover twice as fast.  


MORE FROM OUR  BLOG:  Under The Nutraceutical Microscope:

The Nutritive Power of Elderberries and Wild Blueberries 

Where do the Blueberries and Elderberries in ProActive products come from?

All the ingredients in our products are sourced from regional Canadian farmers or product suppliers who support our values.  All suppliers must ensure the highest level of purity available and their products must  be free of chemical additives with names no one cannot pronounce or understand.

Why is Cold Pressed Important?

Cold-pressed berries retain more of their vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. Then the juice is carefully processed to exacting standards to preserve their nutrients to create great tasting, natural plant based wellness supplements.

Can ProActive Products Prevent Cold or Flu?

Unfortunately science hasn’t found anything that prevents cold or flu.  However,  all ProActive Nutraceuticals are formulated to  support the immune system. Use them as soon as symptoms appear to lessen ‘sick-time’ or as a preventative just before bed or when going into public places.

Elderberries and blueberries are natural antihistamines which can help with minor allergies or the sniffles.   

What is the shelf life of Throat Guard?

We use no chemical preservatives in our formulae. They are prepared in real time as per order and are  viable for three months from the date its was processed.  Always check the expiry date on the back of your bottle for the specific date. Because there are no artificial stabilizers or alcohol in ProActive Nutraceuticals please keep the tonics in a cool place like the refrigerator when not using.

Do you add sugars or flavours? 

Never.  No processed sugars, no alternative sweeteners and no artificial flavours are used ProActive Nutraceuticals.   Propolis has no sugar but it does have a natural sweet taste. Manuka honey is added to help fend off further infection.  

How many sprays are in a bottle of Throat Guard or Immune Support?

Each bottle contains approximately 200 antioxidant-filled, immune supporting sprays.  Typically a spray bottle will last anywhere from three weeks to a month depending on usage.

Can children use ProActive Nutraceuticals? 

Some blends are available in adult and child strength. The dosage of Vitamin D and zinc is different – more appropriate to children.  The Immune Boosters  have a chart that outlines the dosage for adults and children. Children 4 – 10 years of age  can use the throat sprays for up to 10 days if they do not have allergies.  

As always, speak with your child’s health care provider before starting any elderberry supplementation, if your child is immunocompromised,  undergoing chemotherapy, or if any another underlying health condition exists.

How many sprays of Throat Guard should be taken daily?

That depends on how you want to use it.  Some use it proactively when going  on errands or when travelling as a preventative.  Others use it at night to help alleviate a dry or itchy throat.  We recommend spraying 2-4 sprays, 3-6 times per day when you have first experiencing a dry or itchy throat. Spreading your throat just before bedtime is always a good idea.   If travelling  more frequent spraying is recommended.

How many sprays of Immune Support should I take daily?

Spray 3 or 4 sprays in the morning and again in the evening just before bed. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cold and flu use the immune boosters.  The dosage is more concentrated. 

Should I avoid honey bee propolis or astragalus while pregnant or breast feeding?

Pregnant women or women who  are breast feeding should always consult their health care professional before taking any products that contain honey, propolis, or astragalus.

Is the Manuka honey pasteurized?

We use a  premium, high grade, unpasteurized Manuka honey from New Zealand that is tested and certified  400+ MGO (Monofloral) for potency, purity and quality wit

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Clean Eating

Just like intermittent fasting, clean eating is not so much a diet as it is a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation. 

Basically, clean eating stays away from anything that food corporations have processed and that includes meat. If you eat meat, beef should be grass-fed, chicken and turkey should be free-range and organic if possible and wild fish should be sustainable and free of mercury. It’s important to make sure you are buying fish that has been caught sustainably. Commercial fishing has a major impact on the health of our oceans. Check the SeaFood Watch by Monterey Bay Aquarium on a regular basis for up to date info on what fish to purchase.

Eating the right grains is also important when making the commitment to clean eating. Whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat, barley are on the OK to eat list. Raw nuts and seeds like quinoa, sun flower seeds, sesame seeds chia or flaxseed are also good selections. Breads and other baked goods on the grocery shelves not so much. 

Commercially baked bread  usually use some form of processed sugar and other questionable ingredients like high gluten white flour. 

On the topic of ingredients, try to purchase foods that have no more than 3-6 ingredients and be sure you recognize each ingredient. If you find a generic ingredient such as ‘spices’ or flavourings, contact the manufacturer and ask what they consider flavour or spices to be. You may be surprised because flavour isn’t a chemical and few commercial processors actually use real herbs and spices. The general rule to follow is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, pass on purchasing it.   

Some folks are a bit overwhelmed by clean eating particularly those who eat commercially processed foods on a regular basis. Their taste buds have become accustomed to high sodium and processed sugars like high fructose sugars and the other 18 versions of same. If so, the secret is to make little changes every day. Over time, your taste buds will readjust and your body will thank you – and so will your kids, ultimately. 

By simply altering what and when you eat, you can dramatically alter how  the body spends less time and resources on the high energy tasks of digestion and can focus on important activities like ridding the body of toxins and repairing and rebuilding tissues. In addition, clean eating puts the body in an ideal state to manage weight, without the need to count calories.


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Leaky Gut Syndrome

From the name leaky gut syndrome, more formally known as increased intestinal permeability, it’s reasonable to assume this affliction only affects the digestive system. But, in reality, it can lead to many other health disorders.

Leaky gut syndrome still remains a bit of a medical mystery but researchers are focusing on the cause of food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism thinking they could be linked to the progression of leaky gut symptoms. They have identified  a protein called zonulin,  the only known regulator of intestinal permeability. When it’s activated, it can lead to leaky gut.

The two factors trigger the release of zonulin. Bacteria in the intestines and gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and other grains. GMO grains are cultivated with high levels of gluten which makes it more amenable to all kinds of food processing.

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a fine mesh net with extremely small holes that’s designed to only allow specific substances to pass through. This gut lining works as a barrier keeping out larger particles that can damage your system.

When increased intestinal permeability more  often referred to as leaky gut occurs, the ‘net’ in the digestive tract is damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop. This  means things that normally should not pass through, now have a gateway and that’s where the real trouble starts.

Things that can pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Or toxic waste from the inside of your intestinal wall which can then get into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.

This leads to inflammation throughout your system which can trigger symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint Pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin conditions like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive Issues
  • Weight Gain

The good news is some foods can help the healing process of leaky gut; foods that help repair and rebalance the gut. But first, the foods that cause the damage has got to go.

Eliminating processed foods which include refined sugar and GMO grains – think refined cereals, commercial bread, industrial processed meats and most dairy have got to go.

Recovery Nutrition
Recovery nutrition is food that can help with the healing process. By replacing the food that has caused the damaged with nutritional rich foods, the body’s healing mechanism can work more effectively.

Premium bone broth is a good example.  It  contains collagen and amino acids like proline and glycine which can help support  damaged cell walls. But be careful not to purchase commercially processed bone broth which can be high in sodium and low in nutrients.

Probiotics and fermented vegetables help restore  balance in the gut.  They contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut. Sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass are excellent sources.

Foods that have omega-3 fats are beneficial. Anti-inflammatory foods like grass-fed beef, lamb and wild-caught fish.

And coconut products are  good for the gut. The MCFA’s in coconut are easier to digest than other fats, so they work well for leaky gut. Coconut kefir contains probiotics that support your digestive system.

Sprouted seeds also help.  Chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds that have been sprouted are great sources of fiber that help support the growth of beneficial bacteria.  But it’s important to remember if you suffer from severe leaky gut, you may need to start out getting your fiber from steamed vegetables and fruit.

As always, should you suspect that you have leaky gut syndrome, check with your health care provider to discuss the recovery nutrition that works for you.


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Can Infused Consommés Help Weight Management?

The short answer is yes, but for some interesting reasons.

When most of us think of malnutrition we are reminded of impoverished nations where individuals live in a perpetual state of hunger because they do not have access to enough food. However, in developed countries, malnutrition is something quite different. It’s a condition sparked by being overfed and undernourished.

This modern day dilemma is caused by the chronic consumption of processed foods, often referred to as “naked calories.” According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “Obesity is deceptive. Although obese people may appear well fed, they are often deficient in essential nutrients, leading to poor health and disease. 

The underweight and overweight share high levels of sickness and disability, shortened life spans, and reduced productivity.” In his book, In Defense of Food, author Michael Pollan states, “A diet based on quantity rather than quality has ushered a new creature onto the world stage; the human being who manages to be both overfed and undernourished, two characteristics seldom found in the same body in the long natural history of our species.” Simply put, when highly processed foods are ingested on a regular basis, the body becomes micronutrient deficient. That deficiency can spark a series of some very serious health problems.

When it comes to disease, many start in the gut. Scientists refer to that part of your anatomy as your microbiome. And, like any other ecosystem on Earth, our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes which can be beneficial or detrimental to our health and wellbeing. If your microbiome is in balance, your gut is host to a wide diversity of beneficial microbes and a few bad ones. If it’s out of balance, the detrimental microbes can multiply rapidly churning out toxic chemicals which can trigger small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Should the imbalance be left unchecked, the damage to the wall of your intestine can be considerable. Referred to as intestinal permeability, or a “leaky gut syndrome” the perforations in the intestinal wall allow bacteria, toxins and waste to escape into the bloodstream. Your immune system then jumps to attention to identify the aliens releasing a flood of inflammatory chemicals to protect the internal workings of the body. When your immune system keeps encountering these escaped toxins day after day, it eventually gets stuck in the “on” position, even when there’s no war to fight. That’s chronic inflammation. It underlies every disease of aging, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.

So, how do infused consommés help when weight loss is your goal? In a couple of ways. When prepared correctly, the bone broth from which we make our infused consommés contain gelatin, one of the most potent gut healers on the planet. Gelatin is loaded with glycine, a powerful anti-inflammatory amino acid. Plus, infused consommés are rich in other nutrients like magnesium, proline, and arginine. These nutrients help heal the gut and keep the intestinal wall strong. 

Whether you prefer infused consommé in a cup or a bowl, both provide a nutrient-rich and satisfying culinary event, even if you don’t suffer from digestive issues. Further, the addition of functional mushroom extracts selected based on your personal requirements makes sipping infused consommés a powerful nutritional experience.  

When sipped, you feel like you’ve eaten a full meal, without the calorie load. You can use infused consommés  as a meal replacement or sip a cup before a meal to reduce serving size. They also work wonders as a base for your own homemade soup or stews.

Some helpful tips:
1. Define what works and what doesn’t for your state of health and level of activity. That includes examining the triggers that may end up in you reaching for an unhealthy processed sugary snack instead of a healthy alternative.
2. Recognize if you’re feeling hungry you may be thirsty. When dehydrated, the body signals you to eat so it can get hydrating fluid in the form of food.
3. If you are craving sweets, your blood sugar is at play. Keep it regulated by sipping infused consommés SLOWLY. Wait for 15 minutes and you’ll find the craving has disappeared.
4. Lower stress. Stress is a physiological state triggered by a symphony of hormones which signal the body to hold on to fat stores and to increase comfort foods to build up energy reserves. Ingesting a low-calorie cup of infused consommé will help ease the stress and help reduce the cravings.


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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a term that describes an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Much like clean eating, intermittent fasting is not a ‘diet’ per se, but rather an ‘eating pattern’ and lifestyle choice. There are several different methods, but they all involve splitting the day, or week, into eating periods and fasting periods. During a typical fasting periods, you eat very little or nothing at all.

Studies indicate intermittent fasting can be beneficial to your health, particularly as it relates to insulin sensitivity. In short, the eating pattern promotes human growth hormone levels to go up and insulin levels go down, in essence resetting your body to burn fat as a source of energy. When your body adapts to burning fat instead of sugar as your primary energy source, the risk of chronic disease is dramatically reduced. Your body cells promote changes in gene expression and initiate important cellular repair processes. Plus, intermittent fasting inhibits the mTOR pathway, which plays an important role in driving the aging process.

Several Approaches:
If alternate-day fasting, you eat normally every other day. On days in between, you eat just 25% of your daily calorie needs, in one meal. So if you consume 1,800 calories on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you’d eat a 450-calorie meal (and nothing else) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

In  the 5:2 approach, you eat normally for five days in a row; then for two days in a row, you eat just 400 to 500 calories per day. 

In the 16:8 approach, each day is the same: you fast 16 hours in a row, and then eat normally within an eight-hour period, like between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  For example, in the Good Food Guide’s kitchen we all break fast together, usually around 11:30 with a cup of warm broth followed by avocado toast on a CauliRound, sometimes topped with a french omelet or some smoked salmon. We then have  lunch around 4PM and a light salad in the evening.  We rarely eat after 7PM.

By simply altering what and when you eat, you can dramatically alter how your body operates. It means the body spends less time and resources on the high energy tasks of digestion and can focus on activities like ridding the body of toxins and repairing and rebuilding tissues. In addition, it puts the body in an ideal state to manage weight, without the need to count calories or measure grams.


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Recovery Nutrition Pre and Post Workout

Sipping infused consommés before or after a workout refuels and rehydrates the body as well as promotes muscle repair while supporting immune function.

Sport dieticians stress that not getting your recovery nutrition right could lead to fatigue, reduced performance in future training or sports events and increased muscle soreness.  That’s why many athletes drink infused consommés pre and post workouts. 

Sipping  nutrition is a great way to get your body ready for its exercise session.  Because infused consommés have a low calorie load and is easy to digest, the carbohydrates that supply the energy requirements for the up-coming workout are easily assimilated by the body.

And, it always bears repeating. If your workout is planned for first thing in the morning, consume water (with a squirt of natural lemon if possible) prior to and during the workout session. Your body is already in a dehydrated state, post sleep, so replenish with water before you start.

A post-workout infused consommé focuses on protein and carbohydrate as its main nutrients, so it’s fine to include a small amount of good fats like nuts, chia seeds or avocado to provide other necessary proteins that help the nutritional building blocks of muscle tissue.

The body is most effective at replacing carbohydrate and promoting muscle repair and growth in the first 60-90 minutes after exercise. Ideally, you’d want to consume the post workout protein within this time frame.

Fruit or market veg smoothies contain potassium – one of the most important electrolytes to replace in your body. So they’re fine too.  But beware of any additional sweeteners, which can negatively impact all the good done by your work out.  Greens provide vitamin C, which boosts the immune system’s ability to recover.

Infused consommés rehydrate, replaces electrolytes after intense exercise while nutritionally supporting ligament and joint health.