Top 6 Pre-Workout Foods: Being active and fit is a large component of health- combined with nutrition, it can change your life!
Top 6 Pre-Workout Foods
1. A whole-wheat bagel with Honey:
Simple carbs burn quickly, like paper, while complex carbs burn like wood and take a little longer to provide energy. A snack like this before a workout provides both types of carbs- which is a great way to fuel your workout from start to finish.
2. Fruit Smoothie:
Fruit smoothies are high in carbohydrates and high-quality protein. They’re easy to consume and are rapidly digested- we recommended blending 1/2 cup of frozen fruits with 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, some protein powder, and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Because protein doesn’t break down fast enough to become fuel for a workout, the carbs from fruit break down quickly and the protein is used later to prevent muscle damage.
Oats: Oats are full of fiber, which means they gradually release carbohydrates into your bloodstream. This steady stream keeps your energy levels consistent during your workout. Oats also contain B vitamins, which help convert carbohydrates into energy.
Bananas are loaded with digestible carbohydrates (AKA Fuel) and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function.
5. Turkey Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread:
Turkey meat actually contains a lot of protein, which works as a fuel for your body, fuel that is essential for your upcoming workout. Since you are eating your turkey as part of a sandwich instead of by itself, you also pick up the benefits of the carbohydrate-heavy bread that you use.
6. Peanut Butter on an Apple:
There’s a good mix of natural sugars, plus the protein and good fats from the peanut butter lower the snack’s effect on your blood sugar. Because there’s a slower release of sugars into your bloodstream, you can keep going harder for longer in your workout.