The Best Pre Workout Snacks
When it comes to kicking butt in your workout, what you eat before plays a vital role, eating too much too close can leave you at risk of feeling uncomfortably bloated but going in hungry won’t allow you to give it all you’ve got! Ideally you should look to consume a small amount of carbohydrates, protein and fats one and a half to two hours before your workout, with water to ensure hydration, to give you energy, power and strength. Check out these mouth- watering snacks that will set you up for a successful workout.
- Smoothies: Smoothies are a great pre workout snack as they are easy to digest and allow you to fill up on nutrient dense ingredients; my personal favourite is almond milk, half a banana, handful of strawberries and a handful of spinach.
- Nut Butters: Whether you chose almond, peanut or cashew, nut butters provide protein, fibre and a host of vitamins and minerals to support a healthy body and mind. Try spreading your nut butter of choice on slices of apple for a slow releasing nutrient dense snack before you hit the gym, particularly good as a small snack 30 minutes before a workout first thing in the morning.
- Greek Yogurt: Pair the yogurt with a chopped banana and a sprinkle of chia seeds for a super food snack fit for any Adonis or Greek Goddess!
There are also things you should look to avoid before you work out that could really cause an upset stomach which could sabotage your workout or worse still force you to throw in the towel in the middle of your session. Stay away from anything you know causes digestive problems for you, any unfamiliar foods, high fibre foods and refined carbohydrates or sugary snacks that may cause a blood glucose drop during your workout.