Be it a quick snack or a small meal, you’ll want to get the most out of your food before your workout in order to get the best results. To help you choose, here are five tasty options that will set you on the right course for a great workout session.
Many people attempt to squeeze their workout into an already busy day that is filled with work, social meetings and any number of other things. If you are one of these people, then fill the gaps before your workouts with smoothie. Because they are a great way to combine protein, yoghurt and tasty fruit flavours, smoothies are extremely versatile. If you buy one straight from a store or café remember to choose one made from whey or milk-based proteins for optimal results.
If your workout is going to involve a long run, you won’t be wanting something too heavy in your stomach. Try some yoghurt to give you that slightly full feeling without the heaviness. Combine it with a small amount of trail mix and you will have enough energy to tackle anything. Choose one with some energy-filled fruits and seeds to keep your insulin levels up. Don’t have too much or add anything large such as chocolate, as this will make you sluggish and spoil your run. Remember a little literally goes a long way.
Before digging into a workout, it is always a good idea to dig into something with carbs. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both complex and simple carbs, which enables an even and slow release of energy during your workout. With bananas being high in potassium, you also have the perfect start to a cardio-based workout—they replace the levels you lose during a long session, and cinnamon is known to help stabilise blood sugar while improving brain function. It also tastes great.
Oatmeal is a well-known asset when it comes to dining before a workout as it gradually releases sugar into your bloodstream during your session. Adding fruit gives you a sugar and hydration boost while also giving you some versatility as regards your choice. Try a mix of small berries such as blackberries and raspberries for some great results.
If you’re looking for a snack before and maybe even during your workout, try some apples wedges. Along with giving you a slight intake of sugar you will also get a hit of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you are feeling hungry during your workout, add some almond butter as it will relieve those hunger pains and also give you an added energy boost to help you see out your session until the end.