What Should You Eat Pre-Workout?
These pre-workout foods and snacks will prep your body for the workout ahead, providing fuel to make your workout the best that it can be.
Sure you want to make the most out of your workout, right? I’m sure you have prepared yourself mentally for your gym visit, but have you prepared your body with the proper pre-workout nutrition?
Many of us who go to the gym focus a lot on supplements and pre-workout powder drinks but we forget to focus on the foods that can really take our workouts to the next level. By getting the proper nutrition you can workout harder, longer and BETTER!
How Soon Should You Eat Before A Workout?
Great question! It depends really, on how large the meal is going to be and what types of foods you’re going to be eating.
If you plan on having a protein heavy food or snack like chicken breast or food with a lot of fiber then you want to consume this a few hours before the gym.
Why? Because protein and fiber take a while to process through your body. If you eat too big of a meal or food with a lot of protein/fiber pre-workout, you may not feel so great during your workout.
If you plan on eating something like fruit, peanut butter, oats etc. Then 30-60 minutes pre workout is ideal. Since these foods generally get through your body faster.
What Are The Best Pre Workout Foods And Snacks?
I will go ahead and tell you, I love my pre-workout snack. I always eat a rice cake, covered in peanut butter and banana slices to top it off. I’ll just eat the rest of the banana by itself.
This snack fuels me through my entire workout without making me feel bloated, fat or sick! Give it a try!
- Peanut Butter
- Banana or Other Fruits
- Dried Fruit
- Yogurt With Fruit
- Fruit Smoothie
- Celery With Peanut Butter
If you have at least an hour before your workout, try out this awesome tasing pre-workout smoothie! This smoothie combines some of the best pre-workout foods and snacks!
- 1 Scoop of Protein Powder – Vanilla or Chocolate is best for this
- 1 tbsp of Peanut Butter
- 1 Banana
- *Optional Add Strawberries
- Add Milk, Almond Milk or Water
- *Optional Add MCT Oil if you want
- Blend It Up Good!
Bonus Pre-Workout Food And Snack Ideas
If you’re trying to build some muscle and size in the gym, here are some other ideas. Keep in mind, you should probably have these about an hour before your workout to prevent feeling too full or bloated during your workout.
- Whey Protein Powder
- Brown Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Ground Turkey
- Eggs and Egg Whites
- Whole Wheat Pasta
If you’re trying to lose some weight, here are some ideas for foods and snacks that will align with your goals.
- Fruit and Yogurt
- A Cup of Any Fruit
- Small Portion of Rice or Pasta
- Crackers and Hummus
- Fruit and Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (Careful, calories from nut butter add up quickly)
Before your next workout, give some of these a try. By having the proper pre workout snacks or food, you will be putting yourself in a position to have the best workout that you can. Also, make sure that you have been drinking water before, during and after your workout so that you and your muscles are hydrated!