Foods to Eat Prior to Working Out
Every Sunday I like to provide my members with nutritional/lifestyle info! This week I thought I would focus in on what to eat prior to working out!
For a standard hour-long workout , you need to make sure you have a combination of carbs and protein” to provide a stream of energy during strenuous exercise and nutrients to repair muscle afterwards.
Bananas are very rich in fast-acting carbohydrates that will provide you with usable fuel for a workout, and the supply of potassium aids in maintaining muscle and nerve function. To people who like to work out first thing in the morning and typically skip eating before working out- have a banana before, and then eat breakfast within a half hour at the least afterward to provide essential protein for muscle building and repair.
Oats are packed with fiber, which facilitates a steady release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream, and therefore a steady energy supply throughout your workout
Fruit smoothies are an awesome pre-workout snack because they have high-quality protein, can be rapidly digested, and have the key combination of simple and complex carbohydrates. The simple carbohydrates will hit for the first 15 to 20 minutes, while the complex finally kick in around the half-hour mark. Together, these provide a steady stream of energy throughout a standard workout.
Chickpeas, are an incredibly easy pre-workout snack with no cooking involved whatsoever. Just eat 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of chickpeas, seasoned with some lemon juice for taste. A quarter cup alone will give you about 10 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbs, and almost 9 grams of fiber.
Dried Fruit is a great option if you only have a few minutes before your workout because it’s so light, so the simple carbs will provide you instant energy without weighing you down. A few recommendations for dried fruits to eat are dried berries, apricots, and pineapple. Shoot for around a quarter cup.