Foods to Eat Before and After a Workout
What you eat before and after a workout is a key element to getting the most out of each workout. While it has been shown that you burn the same amount of fat both eating and not eating before a workout, working out on an empty stomach may result in muscle loss. These are great foods to eat 30-40 minutes before a workout for a quick fuel boost, and to initiate muscle recovery:
- Greek yogurt with berries
- Crackers and hummus
- Banana with almond butter
- Brown rice and black beans
- Trail mix with dried fruit and nuts
After a workout, the sooner you eat the better. This is because your body decreases its ability to refill muscle stores if you wait too long to eat. Good foods to eat within an hour of your workout are:
- Salad with roasted chickpeas
- Grilled chicken with steamed vegetables
- A protein shake
- Multi-grain toast with raw peanut butter
- Vegetable omelet
- Sweet potato
- Chocolate milk
- Protein Bar
Last, but not least, it is very important to drink a lot of water throughout the day. Try to keep your body hydrated all day long for best results, not just before and after your workout! Happy eating.
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