It’s important to remember that our bodies build muscle and recover all day every day, not solely when exercising. Getting in the habit of smartly timing pre-workout snacks can give your body the fuel it needs to build muscle, burn fat, and recover. Here are some pre-workout snacks to fuel your fitness regimen!
Pre-Work Out Snack Options
- Apples And Almond Butter. Simple, easy, and delicious. Apples slathered with almond butter is a filling and savory snack to power you through your workout!
- Hard-Boiled Egg With Toast. While consuming carbohydrates before exercising is very beneficial, consuming a little bit of protein before is also important. When exercising, especially lifting weights, small tears in our muscle fibers are created. In order for your body to repair these small tears and build up your muscles, it needs protein. With this snack, you get the best of both worlds! Eating a hard-boiled egg on whole-grain toast is not only a nutritious and filling choice, but it is also a super inexpensive and simple snack to prepare for yourself.
- Fruit Smoothie. If dried fruits are off the table, a fruit smoothie is a great pre-workout snack. Plus, as your workout time gets closer, the less you will want to consume any solid foods. A fruit smoothie also offers an optimal amount of carbohydrates to fuel any workout and is a simple snack to prepare.
- Oats. Due to the fact that oats are loaded with fiber, they release carbohydrates gradually over time. The slow release of carbohydrates results in more consistent energy levels throughout your workout. This means that you will be able to train not only harder but for longer periods of time. Oats also are a great source of Vitamin B, which helps to convert any carbohydrates consumed into energy that will be greatly beneficial during a workout. Irish oats are typically the most popular because they are the least processed type of oats. So make sure you keep a lookout for them the next time you are at the grocery store!
- Trail Mix. Although nuts do contain high-fat content, they provide protein and calories that are needed if your goal is to gain muscle mass. With that being said, if your goal is weight loss, trail mix may not be the best pre-workout snack for you. The pre-prepared trail mix that is found in supermarkets is a great choice as many do not contain a yogurt coating on the nuts, or chocolate pieces.
Eating before working out is optional, and some may see it as a pain. However, being mindful about fueling your body and what specifically you are fueling it with can improve your training session. By simply eating a snack thirty to ninety minutes before your workout session, you can avoid bloating and perform not only harder but longer.
So, next time you find yourself feeling hungry or tired before your training session, preparing one of the snacks listed above could do the trick as they are great sources of carbohydrates and protein.
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