Unsure what to snack on before you hit the gym? Here are my favourite pre-workout snacks which provide adequate nutrients and energy – so you can make the most of your workout.
1) Protein Shake
Easy to tote, easy to digest and easy to down when you’re on the go. A bit of a cliché I know, but a protein shake won’t sit like a brick in your stomach like toast or porridge might.
A scoop of a good quality protein powder (whether that be pea, brown rice or pea protein) with around ½ a cup of milk for some carbs is all you need (try soy or rice milk for a vegan option)…Plus if you use vanilla or chocolate protein powder, you’ll feel like you’re having a milkshake.
2) Apple with Almond Butter
A simple pre-workout snack that can be prepped any time of day, the apple provides some carbs for energy, and along with the almond butter, some slow-to-digest fibre, good fats and protein to sustain you through your workout.
Not a fan of almond butter? Go for natural peanut butter instead; Salted varieties taste awesome with a Pink Lady Apple. Or try sour green apple dipped in sweet, creamy cashew butter.
3) Almond-Stuffed Medjool Date
Pit a Medjool Date, stuff it with two or three raw almonds and you have a balanced (and delicious!) pre-workout snack. Or, sub the almonds with a teaspoon of almond butter and thank me later J
Just one Medjool date gives you close to 170mg of potassium (that’s a lot), which can help decrease muscle cramping and boost muscular strength. Dates are also nature’s confectionary (to me they taste like sticky date pudding), offering natural, energising sugars to push you through your workout. High in fibre too, which helps the sugars in a Medjool date to break down slowly and steadily – unlike the straight-up refined sugar in a handful of lollies.
A natural, healthy and portable workout snack, a medium banana gives you about 420mg of potassium (the Recommended Daily Intake is 3,800mg/day for men and 2,800mg/day for women*). Bananas from the supermarket however tend to be ethylene-ripened in a warehouse, so organic varieties or one’s from the markets are more ideal.
We’re also loving Bananinha as a pre-workout snack at GoodnessMe Box HQ J Just sun-ripened, dried banana with some lime juice, a Bananinha contains 3g (!) of potassium and 20g of carbs, for immediate energy without weighing you down…It won’t get squashed in your bag either, and it’s small enough to carry in your pocket.
5) Coffee with Milk
Pairing caffeine with carbs (from the milk sugar) will put some pep in your step, boosting your performance and endurance during your workout. The milk will also give you some protein to help steady your blood sugar, so you don’t get an energy dip or lightheadedness mid-workout. And let’s be honest; if you’re exercising first thing in the a.m., a flat white can make getting to the gym much easier 😉
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