Everyone is always asking what to eat before a workout. The key is that if you’re not performing a workout greater than 45 minutes (i.e. race training) then you don’t need a huge snack beforehand. In fact, most people tend to overeat prior to a workout and many times don’t burn the calories they assume so thus leading to an ineffective weight loss strategy.
Here are my top 10 pre-workout snacks.
1. Yogurt Parfait
What you need: 6 oz yogurt, 1 cup chopped fruit, ¼ cup granola, 1 tbsp raw honey
Directions: Take a layer of yogurt, top it with ½ the amount of granola you set side, ½ cup fruit and ½ tbsp honey. Repeat with another layer. Enjoy!
2. KIND Bars
KIND has an extensive variety of snack bars. My goto’s are the Nuts & Spices and the Healthy Grains Bars. I usually suggest a glass of almond milk with the bar.
3. Almond MilkShake
What you need: 8 oz of Almond Milk, 1 banana, 1 tbsp nut butter of choice
Directions: Take all three items + a ½ palmful of ice and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
4. Avocado Toast
This is an excellent combination of healthy fat and if you choose a grainy bread (or make it yourself), then you’ll have a nutritious minimeal.
Take 1 slice and top it with mashed avocado. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top. I also like to add a pinch of chipotle mayonnaise or some crushed red chili flakes for a kick.
5. PBJB (Peanut Butter, Jelly, Banana)
I love to a good PBJ. Adding slices of banana will not only fill you up but provide a good source of potassium for your muscles.
Take a slice of bread and cut it in half. Top it with your favorite PB, jelly and slices of banana.
6. LGM Shake (LeanGreenMean)
Throw 1 palmful of spinach, ½ apple, ½ stalk celery, ½ cup pineapple, 1 small sprig of mint, and 2 teaspoons lime + ice into a nutribullet or juicer. Drink ASAP after making.
7. String Cheese + Crackers
I love Organic Valley’s Mild Cheddar Stringlets – portable and tasty. Combine it with a portion of multiseed crackers (i.e. Crunchmaster)
8. Boiled Eggs
I love boiled eggs on a slice of toast or mashed up with a touch of butter, salt and pepper. It’s a great way to get your fat and protein together.
9. Apple + Nut butter
Take an apple and slice it to your liking and pair with a nut butter (cashew, peanut butter, almond butter) of choice.
10.Cottage Cheese Cup
One cup fat-free cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon raw honey, ½ cup granola or crumbled bar (Check out Purely Elizabeth)
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