5 Pre-Workout Snacks
that give you that extra "pop" of energy just when you need it most.
Here are 5 top pre-workout snacks that will help to keep you energized during your work-out. While it isn’t always necessary to eat something before you work out, a small snack can definitely help keep energy levels up especially if you're planning to exercise with longer, more grueling workouts that last over than half an hour. The key is choosing the right snack so that you don’t end up feeling too bloated or feeling an energy crash later (which is what sugary treats will do to you).
Here are the top five snacks you can eat before your exercise session so that you can work that body and pump iron effectively (you do know doughnuts are not on this list!)
1. Fresh Juice from Fruits and Vegetables
These may not seem like so much of a pre-workout snacks since it’s not eaten, but fresh fruit and vegetable juice is a great snack to have before your workout because of the sheer numbers of vitamins and minerals it contains.
Not only are those vitamins and minerals great for your health, they boost your exercise performance and the juice itself is refreshing due to its water content. Try to choose local, organic, in-season fruit if possible.
2. Turkey Leaf Wrap
Smear a large collard leaf with one tablespoon of mustard, top it with some turkey chunks/slices, sliced tomatoes, sliced purple onions and red peppers slices or chunks. Then just roll it up to get a quick low-fat protein rich snack that is both delicious and filling.
With less than 200 calories, it’s easy on the waistline too!
Tip: use the plum variety of tomatoes. They’re not quite so juicy.
3. Banana/ Apple Topped with Peanut Butter
If you don’t have much time to prepare a time-consuming snack before your workout, this snack is absolutely perfect. Just grab an apple or a banana, top it with a tablespoon of peanut butter, and you have yourself a low-calorie healthy snack that is tasty and quick.
This one is easy to take with you, too. Put a little peanut butter in a small food safe container that you can carry with you along with your fruit. Ready for a quick bite? Just dip the fruit in it. It’s easy enough to carry a wooden popsicle stick with you, too, if you’ll want to spread it on the fruit. Yum, peanut butter between banana slices!
4. Cottage Cheese Topped with Fruit
For another quick pre-workout snack, top half a cup of cottage cheese with half a cup of fresh fruit, berries or melons are excellent choices. If you want to add more carbs to this snack, top with a banana. Even with a banana, this snack is less than 250 calories and enough to keep you moving through your workout.
5. Mocha Protein Shake
These pre-workout snacks are for all you whey protein fans out there! Just blend 1 cup iced coffee with a scoop of chocolate whey protein powder to get a yummy doesn’t-feel-like-it’s-healthy-but-is snack.
You can also add in a cup of cooked rolled oats if you are going to do a super heavy workout and need more endurance.
For easy and quick to make, these snacks are perfect – and they work well pre- or post- workout, too -- so try them all out if you can and see which ones end up your favorites.
Carry your favorite protein powder with you – pick up an iced coffee (watch the sugar in these) - and you’ll be ready to go anytime.
If you’re not a fan of iced coffee, try adding your protein powder to organic coconut water or your glass of freshly squeezed juice.
Still not satisfied? If none of these pre-workout snacks appeal to you, that’s okay; just be sure to keep your snacks low-fat and high in protein (also add carbs if you’re doing an intense workout) and you’ll do great during your session.
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