Quick & Easy Pre-Workout Snack Ideas
We all know that regular exercise is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. It has innumerable benefits such as cardiovascular health, manage blood sugar and insulin levels, help control your weight, boost your mood etc. Research shows that getting 30 minutes of physical activity every day can make a significant difference in our overall health and well-being,
Most of us try to workout either first thing in the morning, mid-afternoon before/ after lunch or late evening. But performing your best during these times can be tricky. You could either be too hungry or too full to perform your best.
Exercising on a full stomach can make you feel crampy, bloated and sluggish while exercising on an empty stomach can make you feel weak or even hypoglycemic, and may affect your performance. Most people have enough glycogen (fuel stored in your liver) in their bodies to fuel a 60 minute workout without needing to consume extra food. In those cases, water could be sufficient. But if you run out if glycogen, then you might experience weakness or exhaustion.
Nourishing your body the right way before a workout gives your body the energy it needs to perform better and provides it with the nutrients that it needs to recover and get stronger! Choosing the right snack depends on a variety of factors including type and intensity of training, fitness goals, timing of your workout, individual tolerance, hormones, etc. In fact, some people may not even need a snack.
I often suggest eating specific pre and post -workout snacks to my clients as eating the right kind of snack before and after your workout can significantly improve your performance and help you achieve your fitness goals faster.
Here are few Quick & Easy 2- Ingredient Pre-Workout Snack Ideas for you:
1. BANANA + NUT BUTTER
Bananas are a great source of carbohydrates and potassium. When we exercise, our body loses potassium, a mineral that helps maintain the electrolyte balance in the body. Nut butters are a good source of protein and healthy fats and make for an easy on-the-go snack.
2. CUCUMBERS AND HUMMUS
Cucumbers are low in calories and have good amount of water content in them. Chickpea Hummus is a great source of protein and carbohydrates and can keep you full throughout the duration of your workout.
3. HARD BOILED EGG AND AVOCADO
Eggs are a great source of protein and lower in calories. Avocado is a good source of healthy fats and can help you feel satiated throughout your workout.
4. GREEK YOGURT AND STRAWBERRIES:
Plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, carbohydrates and probiotics. They keep you full and your tummy happy. Strawberries are low in calories, loaded with anti-oxidants and pairs really well with greek yogurt.
While pre and post workout snacks can improve your performance, keep in mind that staying hydrated after a workout is really important. Drink adequate amount of water to help replace the fluids you lose while you sweat.
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