Whether you’re a committed workout-aholic or a yoga once-a-week type girl (or somewhere in between, like me), it’s crucial to stay hydrated and satiated before a sweat session.
Our bodies need sustenance to become and stay energized both before and during exercise, and it’s most important to fill our bodies with energizing foods (hello, quality carbs!) before a workout.
Why, you ask?
Well, because our muscles rely on carbohydrates for quick energy and clean fluids (like water) to perform at their best.
Whether opting for a first-thing-in-the morning workout or a mid-day fitness session, it’s important to eat and drink just enough so that you aren’t hungry or weak, but not too much so that you’re too full and thus unable to perform at your highest level. Here are some of my favorite pre-workout foods:
Smoothies. We love smoothies, here at TheBeautyBean. They’re delicious, refreshing, packed with fruit (which contains carbs that quickly break down) and loaded with water (to hydrate). Also, they’re incredibly easy to make. Just buy a few of your favorite frozen fruits and toss in a blender with some almond milk and ice and voila! They’re great on-the-go in a travel mug, too! And, for an extra energy boost, add some peanut or almond butter too!
Bananas. So easy, so delicious – bananas are the perfect pre-workout snack. They are loaded with easily digestible carbs (read: quick fuel!) and are filled with potassium! Top with raw almond butter for more fuel and healthy protein too.
All-Natural Granola Bars. Kind Bars are an on-the-go favorite for all us rushing to fit in a workout – especially the low sugar varieties. Loaded with gluten-free carbs and nut-based proteins, they slowly release energy in spurts to keep you going for longer. Plus, many varieties have chocolate in them to to satisfy your epic sweet tooth!
Whole Wheat Bread with Almond Butter. Whole grain bread is an excellent source of slowly digestible carbs. Top it with raw almond butter and you’ve got the perfect pre-workout snack.
Apple Sauce. Like smoothies, applesauce satiates without overfilling. While these may be marketed to children, we really dig the GoGoSqueez pouches, which come in tons of flavors and are super easy to pack for those on-the-go. Also, they taste way better than the applesauce you eat with a spoon (or maybe they don’t, but we sure think they’re more fun and have zero cleanup #nospoon)!
Greek Yogurt. A popular and tasty treat, Greek yogurt is a calcium-rich and protein-packed go-to, as far as pre-workout snacks go. We’re kind of obsessed with the Chobani store in New York City’s SoHo. But, even if you can’t make it over to the store, Chobani is at every supermarket around!