Wednesday, 4 June 2014

On the subject of Post Workout meal/drink - 2

Having an exercise routine that you love is important, as is, to keep it challenging ! For most of us, our jobs or home life does not involve any physical exertion, so we need to embrace some sort of activity to keep our bodies fit. It also helps if you enjoy your workout. To keep things interesting, I try different things - yoga, training for a run, dance etc when I need a change from lifting.

I do believe though, that as a nation full of people, suffering from a multitude of lifestyle diseases like  diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, obesity, we are not interested enough, in exercise. Some of us stick to a mandatory stroll post dinner for years, believing that is sufficient. Well, its not!
Exercise has become synonymous with losing weight for a lot of people. And if you are thin then you do not need to exercise! Thats so wrong... We all need exercise, what we choose to do can be different, there is no perfect, or right exercise. Do what keeps you motivated, do what is fun for you, otherwise its difficult to keep at it.

Hippocrates wrote, "All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.”
We all need exercise (brisk walking in the park, football, hiking, aerobics or what ever works). Even with healthy eating habits, exercise comes with its own benefits - lower body fat, cardiovascular benefits, positive impact on blood pressure, heart rate and overall mortality. Regular exercise even helps people with mild depression.

If you do not exercise regularly, start today! To motivate you, I am sharing these pictures.:) Thats me dead lifting more than my body weight.

Raw Oats with Fruit, Seeds and Nut Butter
This is the perfect breakfast and post workout meal, bursting with nutrition and goodness. I have to say, this is my favourite food, and I eat it almost everyday!


For Oats
1/2 cup steel cut oats
3-4 cashews
3 dates
1/2 - 3/4 cup water

1 tbsp flax seed powder
1 tbsp or more peanut butter / almond butter
a handful of gojiberries or raisins
1 mango diced


1 tbsp flax seed powder
10 - 12 pistachios or 6-7 walnuts
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
8-10 strawberries sliced

Soak the oats and cashews overnight. In the morning, discard the water and rinse well 5-6 times. In a mixer, add the oats, some fresh water and dates and blitz for a few seconds.
It can be served with the fruit and nuts. Raw oats can also be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days in an airtight glass jar.


  1. I eat oats upma almost everyday. This sounds like a welcome change with the good fats in there as well. Where do you buy steel cut oats in Bangalore?

  2. I usually order it online or get it at Foodhall or Nature's Basket.

  3. I have looked online but could not find slow cooking steel cut oats. Could you please share which site you buy them from / brand. Thanks!

  4. Used amazon earlier, but they don't deliver it anymore. Discovered this, but haven't tried it yet.

    1. Thanks so much. I checked the site out.
      Rs. 277 $4.60
      + Rs. 1,203.60 Delivery Charge
      A tad expensive for delivery :) Will look up some more options and let you know if I come across something.

    2. In the meanwhile, you can try the recipe with rolled oats or oat groats, any form of wholegrain oats, not quick cooking.