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We’ve heard it time and time again when we’re working out — Drink water! And that’s sound advice. The last thing you need when you’re trying to push your body to get stronger, is to have your efforts undone by dehydration. Fainting at the gym isn’t going to do much for your cred, after all. But what about those times when water simply isn’t enough, and you need more?
To answer this question, I teamed up with the cool people at Enerzal, to talk about giving your fitness efforts an extra boost that water simply can’t provide. And amazing people that they are, they sent me a bunch of their energy drink to taste and test as I workout.
Let’s talk about energy drinks and whether or not we need them. As with most things, the answer to this varies from person to person, so I’m going to break this down.
For those of us who lead relatively sedentary lives (desk jobs, little to no exercise), an energy drink might be an unnecessary addition to the daily calorie intake (Yes, energy drinks have calories too!). But for people with moderate or high activity levels, it could be a great source of electrolytes.
Fairly strict diets can also result in the body being deprived of sodium or other trace minerals that can affect physical performance and endurance. Here, an energy drink could be the difference between a killer workout, or collapsing on the gym floor!
For all the potential benefits an energy drink can offer though, some ingredients can also work against your fitness efforts. For starters, a lot of energy drinks contain caffeine in varying doses. While caffeine can definitely give you a boost in energy, consuming too much of it can have side-effects. Additionally, caffeine content makes these drinks unsuitable for children to consume. Enerzal however, contains no caffeine. So yay!
Anyway, now that I’ve given you a rundown off the good & bad of energy drinks, let’s get down to actually trying Enerzal!
First things first, take a look at the packaging. It’s all bright and sunshine-y, and is refreshing simply to look at.
Now Enerzal claims to be a great drink to have before, during, or after your workout. In fact, they even recommend drinking it during the day when you’re at work, to keep your energy levels up. So I tried it in all these scenarios (on separate days), and here’s what I found.
Before My Workout: I drank some Enerzal about 15 minutes prior to my (decently intense) 45-min workout. I definitely felt like I had more stamina than most other days, and I managed to do more reps & sets than usual. I also felt like I had less muscle soreness after, possibly thanks to the electrolytes and trace minerals. Definite win!
During My Workout: I alternated between plain water and Enerzal for my drink breaks in the middle of my workout, and once again, felt like I had a little more stamina than most other days. I also felt like I was sweating more, but I can’t say for certain whether that was because of the drink, or simply because the weather has gotten a little warmer lately.
After My Workout: This was probably my personal favourite, because it was when I could sink in and enjoy the drink more. Sipping on Enerzal after my workout was refreshing (it’s best chilled, but tastes good even otherwise), and I felt a lot less tired than I usually do after exercise. I also had markedly less DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) the next day.
Just Because: I could not personally feel any major difference in my day when just sipping on this while on my laptop or watching TV, etc. That might be because the rest of my day is usually quite sedentary, or because I chug quite a lot of coffee through the day regardless.
So what’s the verdict?
I think Enerzal (or any energy drink you prefer) is a great addition to your routine if you’re considerably active. And even if you do, it’s very important to keep an eye on the ingredients you consume. Ideally, avoid ones that contain a large amount of caffeine, like the drink that promises to give you wings, for instance. Just as importantly, make sure you keep an eye on the amount of minerals in your energy drink, especially if you have blood-pressure-related conditions.
Last but far from the least, make sure you check how much sugar is in a serving of your energy drink. Whether or not you’re on a strict diet, we can all agree that sneaky added sugars do a whole lot of damage to our overall nutrition & fitness. Enerzal, for instance, contains about 2 tsp of sugar per 200ml serving. That’s a fair amount, so it’s important not to OD on it.
So I’m definitely going to be keeping some Enerzal around the house for when I’ve got a particularly intense workout scheduled. I have a feeling it’ll really help me amp up my routines!
Do you have a favourite energy drink, or any homemade recipes? I’d love to hear them. 🙂 Leave me a comment below!
If you’re anything like me, you hate spending long hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove for a healthy meal. Personally, recipes that need more than 15 minutes of my active participation are simply not appealing. Yes, I’m that lazy! One of the things I enjoy cooking for myself, however, is fish. And since my recent Instagram post seemed to generate a lot of curiosity, I’ve decided I’ll share a couple of my favourite easy fish recipes. Both of these require very few, non-fancy ingredients, and not much time. So the flavours are simple but fresh, and the finished products are super healthy. Because healthy fats, with fewer additives. Yay!
So let’s get cooking, eh? 😀
Lemon Butter Basa
This is by far one of my favourites. The light and simple flavours really allow the fish to shine. If you’ve got good basa filets, try this when you’re short on time (or enthusiasm).
- Basa Filets
- Lime Juice
- Garlic Powder
- Cooking Butter
Pat any extra moisture off the basa filet with a tissue paper. Rub the lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt, onto the filet (both sides). Leave it to sit for about 10 minutes.
Heat a heavy-bottomed pan and put a blob of cooking butter into it. Once the butter melts and just starts to simmer, place the filet in the pan. Make sure the flame isn’t turned up too high. Sear until golden brown, then turn over to cook the other side. You’re going to want to be very careful when you flip it, since there’s a chance it could break apart. I use two spatulas to balance the filet as I turn it over.
Once both sides have browned, transfer the filet onto a plate. If there’s any melted butter left in the pan, pour it over the fish (or rice or grilled vegetables, if you’re serving them on the side). The butter is loaded with flavour, so don’t let it go to waste.
Brilliant flavours on this one. Slightly more desi, and you can even add more spices if you want a more South-Indian flavour.
- Fish Filets or Steaks (I’ve tried this with basa as well as seer fish, and both tasted pretty good)
- Ginger-Garlic Paste (I use packaged stuff, but if you prefer homemade, go for it!)
- Olive or Coconut Oil (Vegetable/sunflower oil works too, I personally prefer the flavour that coconut oil imparts to fish)
- Optional: Chilli flakes, if you prefer more spice.
Pat excess moisture off the fish. Rub the ginger-garlic paste onto both sides of the filet/steak. If you want to add chilli flakes too, rub them on as well. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. (At this point, remember to wash your hands. Touching your eyes when you’ve been handling spices is never fun!)
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the oil is nice & hot, place the fish pieces in the pan. Enjoy that sizzle! Sear until golden brown, then turn over to cook the other side.
And there you go!
What did you think of these easy fish recipes? Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to try them, or if you did try them, whether or not you liked them! 😀
Until next time, fitfam. Muah!