Best Foods to Fuel your WorkoutSnap Fitness
Heading to the gym? Grab one of these healthy snacks beforehand to ensure your body has the fuel that it needs to get the most out of your workout. These options are the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats to maximize your efforts in the gym. We recommend eating a small snack 30-60 minutes before your workout. If you eat a larger meal, plan to give yourself about two hours before you exercise.
Banana and peanut butter or almond butter
Bananas are rich in potassium, helping to prevent muscle cramps. The peanut/almond butter contains high quality complex carbs that supplies your body with the energy you need throughout the entirety of your workout.
Whole grain bread and hard-boiled egg
Eggs are packed with the high quality protein your muscles crave and the bread offers a good source of carbohydrates to fuel your workout.
Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with berries
Both cottage cheese and Greek yogurt will supply you with protein to prevent muscle damage, as well as slow-released carbs to keep you full. The antioxidants in berries fight against stress imposed on the body during exercising.
Oatmeal with dried fruit
Oatmeal has the carbs to keep you going strong through your whole workout and dried fruit (like blueberries) has anti-inflammatory properties which help your muscles to recover properly and maintain their strength.
Cinnamon roasted almonds
Almonds are a great source of healthy fats and protein while the cinnamon enhances your body’s insulin response to sugar, and helps stave off cravings.