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Grain meals necessary for outdoor activities

Summer is the best time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Whether you’re looking for a more relaxing day outside by the pool or lounging in the shade, it is also a great time of year for an outdoor activity! Things like hiking, swimming, biking, rock climbing or even taking your at-home to workout outdoors are all many opportunities for some outdoor fun in the sun.

But, fueling your body before, during and after an outdoor activity is important to your overall health. Ensuring that your body is well-equipped with nutritious meals and snacks is the best way to enjoy the fun and stay healthy. Luckily, Ontario grains contain many of the necessary macro and micronutrients needed to help fuel our bodies and help them recover following strenuous activities. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy, providing fuel for muscles and the brain. They’re an important fuel source for our bodies, and our needs increase when we are physically active. Protein is essential for muscle repair, recovery, and growth. Micronutrients support various bodily functions, including immune system function and energy metabolism. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining optimal performance and preventing heat-related illnesses. Drink water consistently throughout the day and consider electrolyte-replenishing drinks during prolonged or strenuous activities.

Ontario grains are great source for carbohydrates and protein. Things like Protein power balls made from oats and soybeans have a great balance of carbs and protein to keep your body fueled and full afterwards. Check out our list below on the best recipes to pack along for your next outdoor adventure.

Before adventuring

Start your day off strong with these great grain-based breakfast recipes to keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

While out and about

Don’t forget to bring nutritious food with you! Even trips that seem short (like a few hours) might result in your depleting your energy especially outdoors in the summer heat. Pack lunches or snacks with you.

Recovery ideas

Refueling your body after strenuous activity is just as important as keeping your body fueled throughout the day. Boost your protein level to help repair any sore muscles.

A bowl of wheat berry and lentil salad, sitting on a table.