These 10 healthy foods can boost your workout and help you get the most out of each session. The best part — the foods are cheap, and easy to prepare with a huge positive impact on your performance and results.
Loaded with fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc and folic acid this versatile food is always worth having around. Carbohydrates found in whole grain bread provide you with lots of energy. For an extra boost, pair bread with hard boiled eggs, avocado or peanut butter. We love any excuse to consume some extra carbs because carbs = life.
As a classic workout food, the banana is one of the cheapest energy boosting foods to eat before a workout. Bananas are loaded with fast-acting carbohydrates to ensure your energy level stays high even during a longer workout session.
Another cheap fruit to eat before a workout is a good old apple. Apples provide enough calories to give you the energy boost you need to get the job done. Add a little bit of peanut butter and sprinkle some raisins on top to spruce up this snack.
Greek yogurt is full of healthy carbs and protein, which helps your muscles recover and replenish. Choose wisely when you select your Greek yogurt though, as some brands add a bunch of unnecessary sugar. Tip: top your Greek yogurt with fresh berries for a tasty treat.
One of my all time favourite pre-workout snacks is a big bowl of large flake oats. One cup of oats 30 minutes prior to any workout is ideal. Oatmeal releases carbohydrates gradually so it’s a great snack before high intensity activities. Up your oatmeal game with these inspiring recipes.
Rice is a versatile grain and one of the cheapest foods you can buy. Which rice is best before a workout? Find out here (hint: reach for a bowl of brown rice one hour before a workout).
Some people will tell you that caffeine is bad for you. Studies show though, that for people who enjoy regular exercise, caffeine can have a number of positive impacts. This is a bit of a no-brainer, but consume caffeine before a workout to boost your energy.
Combining fructose and glucose makes honey a fantastic option for a quick energy boost before your workout. Be unstoppable – put honey on top of your whole grain toast for the benefits of two healthy foods in one.
Egg whites are great before or after a workout. Consider adding some vegetables into a pan with your egg whites for an omelette – one of the best healthy gym snacks around.
Fresh is best when it comes to juices or smoothies. They are easy to prepare and you can load them with nutrients to give your body everything it needs to feel energized during a workout. If you are in a pinch and grab a juice or smoothie on the go, beware of sugar content. And remember, go for veggies.
For my vegetarian and vegan friends, lentils usually become a staple because they’re full of protein, while their sustained carb release makes them ideal for a hard gym session. Make lentils tasty a number of different ways by adding sauces, vegetables and incorporating them into salads.
What do you think?
What are your favourite pre-workout foods to fuel yourself? Does what you eat before a workout give you the energy you need?
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Lucy Dunne is the founder of Dunnebells, an online personal training company inspiring women all around the world to become the best version of themselves yet! After losing over 65 lbs herself, Lucy is passionate about building an army, a tribe and creating something MUCH BIGGER than just another weight loss transformation. She knows that collectively we have more of an impact than if we go at it alone. Lucy works with local companies in Calgary to collaborate on exciting projects to bring to the community and create the magic that everyone needs in their life.