Yesterday we discussed Tips on Pre-Workout Eating, so today I wanted to give you a few practical examples of the type of snacks you can eat prior to your workout.
Quick pointers to remember…
Foods high in carbohydrate, and low fat will be more easily digested, but fatty meals, or snacks, take longer to empty from the stomach, so are best avoided prior to working out.
Your meal should also contain a moderate amount of protein to satisfy hunger.
Top pre-workout snacks:
- A small bowl of cereal, or oatmeal, with milk and a banana
- 1 bagel spread with cottage spread
- 1/2 cup of nuts and dried fruit
- Wholegrain crackers with cheese and tomato
- Fresh fruits, such as an orange, banana, apple, pear, plum
- Vegetable, or chicken noodle soup
- 3/4 cup of yogurt with a handful of berries
- 1 wholegrain English muffin, or toast, with peanut butter/honey/cheese
- Half a sandwich, with wholegrain bread, salad, and lean meat
- A smoothie made with milk, and fresh, frozen or canned fruit
- 3 fig cookies
- Low fat granola bar
- Glass of milk, or pure fruit/vegetable juice
- Raw vegetables with hummus
- 1 hard boiled egg
It’s important to start refueling as soon as possible after exercise, and depending on the time of day, this may be your next meal, or just a suitable snack, to keep you going until it’s time for your main meal.
Also, try to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, as well as during, and after exercise.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and you probably have your own suggestions to add.
I’d love to hear from you too, what snacks do you eat pre-workout, to help keep your energy levels up?