It’s super important to give your body the nutrients it needs to feel healthy and energetic, especially before a workout. What you eat before you exercise can have a huge impact on your performance, so we have put together some tips and ideas to help you create your own pre-exercise snacks and make the most out of your workout.
In order to get you right through to the end of your workout it is essential to incorporate some healthy carbohydrates into your snack, such as wholegrains, as they release energy slowly. These complex carbohydrates can also be found in bananas and carrots, so why not try combining slices of banana on rye or wholemeal/buckwheat toast, add some organic peanut butter for a little protein and an extra boost. If you don’t eat bread a great alternative would be some nut butter on apple slices or on rice/oat cakes. If you prefer to exercise in the morning, having oats for breakfast provides the perfect fuel as they are a slow release carbohydrate and contain vitamin B.
It is also important to include some protein in order to help your body repair any muscle damage during exercise. Cottage cheese is a great option, as it is not only packed with protein, it also provides your body with calcium and carbohydrates. Eggs are also a great source of protein, try them hard boiled on some wholemeal/buckwheat toast or make a small omelette if you have more time.
If eating before you work out makes you feel sluggish or you simply don’t have time you could always try drinking a smoothie as a bloat free alternative. Use natural Greek yoghurt and banana as a base along with berries, which are packed with antioxidants, to give it a sweet flavour, add in some spinach/kale and ground flaxseed or nuts to give it extra crunch.
In addition to all these super fuelling foods it is equally as important to make sure that you are well hydrated because of the amount of fluid you lose through sweating. So remember to keep sipping on that H20!