Proper nourishment is important before and after a workout. You have to eat the right kinds of food whenever you exercise for sustained energy, optimal performance and better recovery. I usually recommend consuming snacks 1-2 hours prior and 15 minutes to an hour after the actual workout.
For pre workout snacks, consume enough to fuel you up, but not too much where it makes you feel sluggish. These would include foods high in carbohydrates and protein with a little bit of healthy fat. Similarly, post workout also requires high amounts of carbohydrates and protein, as well as potassium and sodium to replenish energy and nutrients lost during exercise. Carbohydrates provide energy essential during training while protein is vital for muscle building and repair. And of course hydrate properly as well!
Here are some pre and post workout snacks you can try:
- Granola or oatmeal with milk and sliced fruit
- A delicious smoothie (my personal favorite)
- Nuts and dried fruit (try this DIY recipe)
- ½ a tuna sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes
- Greek yogurt with fruit and/or nuts
- Hard-boiled egg and 1/2 tomato seasoned with salt & pepper
- Apple or banana with almond butter
- Vegetables and hummus
- Granola bar (make sure it’s a clean version, here’s my homemade recipe)
And aside from food, plenty of water and also replenishing with my homemade energy drink is essential as well!
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