16 Awesome Pre-workout Snacks
In order to have enough energy for an effective workout, you’ll need a pre-workout snack to help you push yourself to do your best. If you want your body to continue performing like a Lamborghini during your workout your snack has to be a mix of carbs and a little bit of protein.
I know you may be tempted to skip the calories, but DON’T. Not eating before a workout can lead to fatigue and low blood sugar, so “fuel correctly”.
Here is a list of the best foods you can eat within an hour before your workout:
- Healthy salad
The salad is always a good idea. Try 1 cup of salad greens with some assorted veggies and 1 hardboiled egg. You can drizzle your favorite low-fat dressing or some vinegar.
- Energy gel
Got a long way to go? Slurp down your favorite energy gel prior to an endurance workout.
- Apple Slices and Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip
Mix some nonfat vanilla Greek Yogurt with cinnamon and peanut butter to make a creamy dip that goes perfectly with apple slices and offers you the right amount of energy for your workout.
Bananas are nature’s Power Bar. Bananas are especially recommended for morning workouts. Get up and eat a medium banana with some Greek yogurt, wait 30 minutes and then hit the gym. Your body will need both carbohydrates and protein.
- Pistachios and Blueberries
According to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, this power-packed snack can help prevent soreness related to exercises and even muscle damage.
- Veggie omelet
Combine 2 whole eggs shook with 1 cup sautéed seasonal veggies and 1 teaspoon of water.
- Eggs n’ toast
Try 1 slice of whole-wheat toast with 1 hard-boiled egg.
- Fruit Smoothies
Blend 1 scoop of your favorite whey protein flavor with 1 cup frozen berries, and ½ cup ice. Stay away from sugar additives (like syrups) and be sure to include some protein for more energy. If you don’t want to use protein powder you can add cottage cheese to your smoothie.
- Yogurt parfait
Top ¼ cup of nonfat yogurt with ½ of strawberries and ½ cup whole grain cereal.
- Dressed up oats
For a longer workout combine ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon shaved almonds and 1 tablespoon dried fruits.
- Fruit Cup
Do you want to keep it sweet and simple? Combine 1 small banana, 1 orange, 1 cup of berries and a few melon slices = oh my!
- Coffee and Milk
You can use a cup of milk with your coffee. The caffeine in coffee provides a kick and the carbs and protein in the milk provide sustained energy.
- Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
The lean protein in chicken will fill you up without making you feed overly bloated and the veggies will keep you in shape.
- Veggie Omelet and Avocado
Eggs are an amazing source of protein which helps in muscle growth and recovery. For fiber, garnish your omelet with a few slices of avocado.
- Energy in a bar
With so many options it is difficult to find the perfect Energy Bar. Try opting for one with the most natural ingredients and low in sugar. They also help with sweet cravings but make sure you don’t munch on more than one bar before your workout as you should get the right amount of energy from a single one.
- Sports drink
If you don’t have time to make an omelet or a salad, a low sugar sports drink will also do the trick and boost your workout energy.