Choosing quality foods is a great way to fuel your workout and feel good. The two major nutrients to support exercise are carbs and protein. Carbs are your body's favorite fuel, while protein is what rebuilds and repairs. Using both of these in pre and post workout snacks is vital.
Eating immediately before working out can cause GI discomfort. Instead, try eating 1 to 4 hours before your workout to allow some time for digestion. When eating post-workout, the recommendation is within 15 minutes to an hour after you finish.
Delicious and easy snacks to fuel your workout
All of these options can be eaten before or after exercise:
A peanut butter and banana or PBJ sandwich
Apple and peanut or almond butter
Pita bread with hummus
Trail Mix with dried fruit and nuts (see recipe)
Fruit smoothie with added protein (see recipe)
Glory Trail Mix
Serving size: ¼ cup
Yield: 16 servings
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup Raw unsalted Pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup Pretzels
½ cup Dark chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Serving size: 1 cup
Yield: 4 servings
2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
½ cup blueberries
1 banana cut in chunks
½ kiwi, sliced
2 cups fresh spinach
½ cup ice cubes
1 cup milk of choice
1 scoop vanilla or strawberry vegan protein powder
½ cup 100% apple juice
In a blender, combine milk of choice and protein powder until free of lumps.
Add strawberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi, spinach, ice cubes, and apple juice. Blend until smooth.