What you eat before your workout is as important as what you feed yourself after. You need to fuel your body the right way in order to have an effective work out that will help you get closer to achieving your goals.
The star of your pre-workout snack should be slow-burning carbs, because they digest easily and provide sustained energy. Add some protein for increased muscle performance, but not too much. Save the rest for your post-workout meal to help your muscles recover and grow.
Now, let’s take a look at 5 easy to prep snacks that you should be munching on before your workout. Remember: never begin your workout hungry or too full. Eat at least 30-60 minutes before your training.
1. Fruits & Oatmeal
This is perfect for those who do their workouts in the morning. It’s a hearty breakfast and good pre-workout meal in one. Go for steel-cut oats because they have more protein than old-fashioned and instant oats. However, steel-cut oats take longer to cook so make sure you have time in the morning. Once you’re done, just top it off with banana, berries or apples.
2. Greek Yogurt & Granola
Here’s another breakfast slash pre-workout meal for your needed dose of carbs and protein. You can also choose fruits or cereal instead of granola.
For those who have zero time to prep a meal before working out, banana is your go-to snack. It contains carbs to give you energy and is rich in potassium to prevent muscle cramps during your work out.
4. Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
This pairing is a good mix of natural sugars, protein and good fats. It’s also very easy to make. No special skills needed!
5. Protein Balls
Here’s a pre-workout snack that you can make ahead in big batches. It’s an ideal blend of protein and carbs. All you need are natural peanut butter, honey, protein powder, flaxseed and dark chocolate chips. Mix them all together and roll into bite size balls. Refrigerate overnight and you’re good to go.