Enhance your post-massage bliss with these 6 gluten-free and anti-inflammatory foods.
Did you know? Massage therapy can stimulate your metabolism, making it beneficial to consume a meal afterward. Additionally, receiving a massage promotes relaxation and can lead to a decrease in blood pressure. If you are feeling hungry or light-headed after your session, it is important to provide your body with necessary nourishment.
Keep it light after your massage with Snacks!
1. Plain Greek Yogurt
Paired with fruit of your choice, Greek Yogurt is the perfect creamy texture with a light tart flavor to bring the right amount of calcium and a hefty does of protein to keep you full until dinner time. Added fruits like Mango will supply you with Vitamins A and C to keep the doctor away, blood pressure lowering potassium, as well as 3 grams of fiber. Talk about multi-tasking!
This mouth watering fruit is great for hydration, which is so important after a massage session. A serving of 2 cups has 90 calories filled with 10% Vitamin A and 25% potassium, and lycopene. Its a great source of Vitamin C, and antioxidants that prevent cells from damage.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Packed with Vitamins B and C, we recommend cutting them into cubes, tossing them in olive oil, and baking them with light salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, powder, and yes, cinnamon. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. If you have 40 minutes let them roast to perfection!
Craving a full meal? Here are a few easy post massage options!
4. Salmon on a bed of Kale
Salmon, the delicate creature of the sea is filled with healthy fats with omega-3 fats that reduce the risk of heart attacks. Kale a great pairing with Salmon due to being loaded with Vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, and fiber. For an extra filling meal add roasted sweet potatoes and apples in this bowl, it also adds a sweet contrast from the powerhouse kale greens.
5. Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans
I know what you’re thinking, how could this be a filling meal? Chickpeas are a great pantry staple that can be used in bowls, salads, stews, or wraps as a source of protein. They are filled with fiber, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Bake the chickpeas for about 20-25 minutes until crispy and add it to a wrap filled with spinach, tomato, cheese, and a drizzle of buffalo sauce on the beans for a kick. For a quick chickpea fix, try hummus and dip some carrot sticks or pretzels for a tasty treat.
Who says we are only eating dinner after a massage? The good thing about the popular breakfast food- that happens to be in everyone’s pantry, is its versatility. Packed with 4 grams of fiber per serving, it helps lower cholesterol. Make it sweet with apples and cinnamon, a baked breakfast bar with dark chocolate chips and peanut butter, or savory with egg, avocado, and peppers. The world is your oyster!