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7 Protein-Packed Meals That Will Help You Power Through Your Workout

While some tout the apparent benefits of working out on an empty stomach, its more commonly believed that your body needs a source of fuel to power through an intense workout.

But, its perhaps not the brightest idea to stuff a large order of McDonalds fries or 20 Thin Mints in your face before heading to the gym.

Even if you justify that youll burn it off, the number of calories burned may not be what you expect. At least an hour before your workout, its best to consume a meal with a combination of carbs and protein, preferably 75 percent of the former and 25 percent of the latter.

Listed here are some protein-packed dinners that most closely demonstrate this optimal proportion, as well as some suggestions of our own.

Note that the nutritional values are approximations, counting only the major ingredients in the recipe, using general nutrition data for each item and considering only one serving. Its for reference, loves.

For all you veggie-loving, no-meat-consuming people:

1. Protein-Packed Tempeh Kale Salad

Carbs are not the enemy. They are metabolized into muscle glycogen, which helps fuel you throughout a workout, while protein is used to repair and build lean tissue.

Like a good cop, bad cop combo, both are needed to get the results you want.

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