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The 6 Best Pre-Workout Snack Ideas

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A few energy-boosting snacks you should eat before hitting the gym 

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You want to run quicker, set new personal records with the deadlift and have biceps the size of a small country or get actor Varun Dhawan’s ripped abs! While you may be mentally prepared to achieve new milestones, it’s also vital to ‘fuel’ the engine that does it for you: your body. Eating before a workout will keep your blood sugar levels steady—this means more energy for cardio and strength training.

Here are some foods that will help your body prepare for the exercise routine, which can actually amplify your effort for better results….

1. Fresh Berries and Greek Yoghurt

Fresh Berries and Greek Yoghurt

The easiest snack you can whip up before you hit the gym. Packed with fibre and protein, this meal will keep you fuller for longer, as it takes time to digest. This combo will also keep you energized during your workout until your post-workout meal.

2. Protein Smoothie 

Protein Smoothie 

A protein powder with zero sugar is a must in this drink. Then, add whatever healthy options according to your taste. Milk or almond/soy milk, mixed berries or banana, or peanut butter and avocado along with some leafy greens—your smoothie, your choice! Fast-digesting carbs plus healthy fats and protein, we don’t think there’s a better way to amp up your pre-exercise meal than this!

3. Dried Fruits

Dried Fruits

When you don’t have time for a smoothie, have some dried fruits! A combination of dried fruits like figs or apricots and dates along with a handful of cashews or almonds are fuss-free and snackable. These are not only a good source of simple carbohydrates, but are also easily digestible! Therefore, great for a short cardio session. 

4. Whole-grain Toast, Peanut Butter and Banana Slices 

Whole-grain Toast, Peanut Butter and Banana Slices 

Bananas are the go-to choice for most fitness enthusiasts. No surprises here really—the fruit is packed with simple carbs, natural sugars and, best of all, potassium. Potassium is a mineral and an electrolyte, which prevents muscle cramps. We tend to lose it while sweating it out during training. Homemade peanut butter is all about that healthy fat, and the toast is an excellent source of carbs that will give you just that extra push!

5. Hard-boiled Eggs 

Hard-boiled Eggs 

When in doubt have eggs. Have the whole egg, please! They’re packed with high-quality protein. The yolk will give you essential amino acids, which boost muscle building and recovery. Add a whole-grain toast to this for carbs or avocado for a healthy fat fix!

6. Coconut Water 

Coconut Water

If you’re in no mood for eating a snack, we’ve got you covered. A glass of cool coconut water is one of the easiest and the most refreshing pre-workout drinks out there. It not only keeps you hydrated but is also full of easily-digested carbs and loaded with potassium.  Fresh coconut water will give you instant energy for a medium-intensity and shorter workout!

Working out on a full stomach is a bad idea, but a small meal or snack will fuel your body to get through a challenging exercise routine. Just pay attention to the timing though. Smaller meals/snacks can be consumed before 45 minutes to 60 minutes before you start your session! 

 

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