The importance of a pre workout snack cannot be overstated. The only way that you’re going to see the results that you’re looking for is if your diet and fitness are aligned and complementary of each other. You should try to eat a pre workout snack that contains at least two of the three macronutrients, but a snack that features all three is ideal. Here are 7 suggestions of pre workout snacks that will keep you full and energized during your workouts.
Steel Cut Oats with Fruit
Oatmeal is always a great pre workout snack choice because it’s got a ton of complex carbohydrates to keep you energized during even the most vigorous workouts. As a bonus steel cut oats even have a bit of protein in them, reducing the risk of post workout muscle pain. Adding fruit to this pre workout snack doesn’t just enhance the flavor, it also adds a few easily accessible simple carbohydrates for your body to burn off during the first few minutes of your workout, until the complex carbohydrates have a chance to fully digest.
Eggs and Whole Wheat Toast
Combine the muscle repairing benefits of protein packed eggs, with the energy sustaining qualities of whole wheat toast. Until you figure out how much protein and how many complex carbohydrates you need to keep you energized and feeling good for your entire workout, we suggest starting off with two eggs and one slice of whole wheat toast. If you’re in a hurry you can hard boil or scramble your eggs and make a pre workout snack sandwich to take with you on-the-go.
Peanut Butter and Banana Toast
Talk about hitting the trifecta of pre workout snack macronutrient suggestions in one simple snack. The peanut butter provides you with a nice dose of healthy fats and protein, while the whole wheat toast packs in your necessary complex carbohydrates. Finish this tasty treat with a few banana slices and you’ve not only added to the flavor profile you’ve also provided your body with the simple carbohydrates it will rely on for energy until the whole wheat toast has a chance to be broken down into usable energy providing glucose.
Turkey Avocado ISOPASTA
Protein, protein, protein! This protein packed pre workout snack is best for those following a ketogenic diet since it features fat and protein, but leaves out the carbohydrates. This combination is so simple you don’t even need a recipe for it. Mash up some avocado, cut up your turkey breast, and mix it all together in your prepared ISOPASTA. Eat it cold or hot whichever you prefer, and you’ll have a high protein, high fat, low carb snack fit for any high intensity workout.
Cottage Cheese with Fruit
Portion out a serving of plain cottage cheese and top it with some fresh fruit to enjoy an energy packed pre workout snack. The simple sugars found in fresh fruit will give you an initial burst of energy you need in the beginning of your workout, while the protein content of the cottage cheese will help your torn muscles repair themselves after your workout. Keep in mind that dairy may have an adverse effect on your body when consumed too close to your workout time, so a bit of trial and error may be necessary for this snack.
Protein Packed Salad
To get the most out of your pre workout snack, it should include complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Green vegetables are some of the best sources of complex carbohydrates, making salads a perfect option. Add in some eggs, grilled chicken, baked turkey, or fish to your greens for a healthy protein kick. To increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet you can add avocados, olives, cashews, and/or any oil based salad dressings. Mixed together these ingredients make a well rounded and macro complete pre workout snack.
Protein shakes make perfect pre workout snacks if you don’t have enough time before you workout to eat and digest solid foods. They provide your body with the energy assistance it will require during your workout session. Because it isn’t solid food though, you may become hungry or tired earlier in your workout than usual, requiring you to boost your energy with another supplement shake. This option may be best saved for low intensity days, or days when you have no other option. Relying on protein shakes for energy before each workout can lead to less productivity in the gym, and thus less progress.
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