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Power Up Your Paddle with These Tips


Ever get super hungry while you’re on the water? Then you know that it’s no fun to burn out--no one wants to go home early!

Even if you’re just out running errands, keeping your body fueled with good things is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you like to eat before or after your outing, try powering up with these ideas.

Grab some protein

Hornet Watersports recommends a combination of protein and fat, like nut butters or a protein shake: It’ll give you “longer-lasting energy than grabbing a donut on your way to the water.”

Try something portable: Hard-boiled eggs, fish tacos, a peanut butter or almond butter sandwich, or a smoothie with coconut milk and protein powder are all easy to eat from a pack.

Just Paddleboard recommends eating something protein-rich within 60 minutes after your workout.

Know your superfoods

Go for anti-inflammatory foods such as berries, dark leafy greens, and avocados. Fruits are a good energy source if you’re heading out early and you aren’t a breakfast eater, says Jodelle Fitzwater, Certified Paddlefit Instructor in this SUPconnect post. 

You can also add some probiotics to the mix: yogurts or kefirs are a great way to get fuel and to introduce good bugs to your gut. 

Finally, Ancient grains like quinoa, millet, and amaranth give you energy-boosting complex carbs, fiber, and some protein.

Drink water

It’s super-obvious...but don’t forget to drink water. You can get started first thing in the morning, too--a tall glass of lemon water right after you wake up will banish any sluggishness. You might find you don’t even need coffee anymore!

Keep a reusable water bottle with you, and you’ll be able to hydrate on the go.

Leave your power-up tips for LiliKai in the comments!

See you out there!

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