Whether you are squeezing your workout in before your workday starts or you go straight to the gym from the office it’s important to have food on hand that is portable but will provide you with the right balance of nutrients to properly fuel your workout. These low calorie pre-workout snacks will give you the energy you need to power through your workout and achieve optimal results without feeling too full or sluggish!
What you eat before your workout is very important and what you put inside your body will determine the results you acheive from all your hard work. To maximize you results here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to pre workout nutrition.
1. Carbs are your friend. Our body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose which provides us with the energy we need to power through an intense workout. Simple carbs (fruit for example) are the best type of carb to consume pre-workout because they are digested quickly and will provide energy fast.
2. There’s power in Protein. Protein is essential for helping both build and repair muscle. Including small amounts of protein pre workout is clutch when it comes to maintaining or building lean muscle – especially when weight training.
3. Stay hydrated. Your pre workout snack should always include a side of good ol’H2O – without going overboard of course. Nobody enjoys doing burpees with a tummy full of water! I recommend starting with 16oz 2-3 hours before your workout and another 8oz 20-30min before your workout and then sipping as needed throughout your sweat session.
4. Timing is everything. If you only have a small window of time to get in a bite before your workout I would suggest a small snack (100-150 calories) 30-60 minutes beforehand. If you have time for a more substantial, well balanced meal then you could have this around 2-3 hours beforehand. This of course, will vary for each individual so you may need to experiment to see which timeframe works best for you.
Here are my top 5 go-to pre-workout snacks.
1. Banana & PB Poppers
Delicious natural peanut butter sandwiched between 2 banana slices for on-the-good goodness.
2. Homemade Protein Bar
I tend to avoid the store bought versions because they typically include a ton of unwanted artificial ingredients. Here’s one of my favourite homemade recipes to try instead: Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars
3. Apple & Cheese Slices
You can’t go wrong with this combo. A crisp juicy apple and a few ounces of cheese will give you a quick dose of energy to power through your workout.
4. Protein Shake
Blend up a scoop of your favourite protein with a handful of frozen fruit and water. If you are on the go and don’t have access to a blender use a protein powder that mixes well just with water and grab a piece of fruit for on the side 🙂
5. Rice Cakes & Hummus
A nice light snack that won’t leave your feeling “heavy” but will help you power through and finish strong.
It’s important to remember that everybody’s body and preferences are different. These are just a few pre-workout snack ideas that work well for me and many of my clients. If you have a go-to snack that your swear by to power you through even the toughest of workouts comment below and let me know!