Your body works 24/7 to build and repair muscle- not just when you’re working out! What we eat is so important, as eating the right food can provide your body with the fuel that it needs to build and repair efficiently. Carbs are perfect for energy and protein for muscle-growth, but the choices we make in what we eat can seriously effect our body’s performance. Pre-workout snacks can be amazing to increase your energy during workouts, meaning better sessions and greater results! Here are some of my favourite yummy snacks to eat before exercise!
By the way, when you eat matters too! If your food isn’t digested before you workout, it will be trapped and won’t be available to your working muscles. Also, undigested food can lay heavy on the stomach, leading to cramp!
Eat these snacks 60-90 minutes before working out, as not to fill your belly too much!
Eggs on Wholemeal Toast Yum yum, I love eggs in my tum!! Make sure you boil or scramble (not fry!) and eat with wholemeal toast.
Peanut Butter and Banana on Toast Don’t overdo this. 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and half a banana will do the trick. Again, make sure to keep the toast wholemeal!
Low-fibre, Whole Grain Cereal with skimmed milk or soy milk and a small banana.
Smoothie Made from fresh fruit, frozen fruit and plain yoghurt. Choose your favourites and experiment with different flavours!
High Protein Energy Bar Try to only have this one if you’re going to be doing longer sessions i.e. long-distance runs.
Berries with Greek Yoghurt Berries help to fuel carbs throughout your workout and Greek yoghurt is packed with protein to help keep you satisfied for longer.
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Peanut Butter and Apple Slice some apple, spread the peanut butter and taa daa- a delicious and healthy snack to boost workout energy!
Fruit Simple as that. Pick a selection of your favourite fruit and prepare a fruit salad. Super refreshing and light!
Banana and a Small Glass of Milk Make sure that this is soy or skimmed milk.
If you only have 15 minutes, just have the banana! 15 minutes isn’t very long for our bodies to digest, so you don’t want to be overloading your tummies with food.
Make sure to eat another small snack within 30 minutes after working out, as to refuel our bodies so that we don’t start to loose muscle! This would defeat the whole object of the workout.