These are the best foods to fuel up on before heading to the gym
If you find yourself forgetting to fuel up pre-workout, you'll probably learn the hard way that it's a really bad idea.
When you neglect a snack before strenuous exercise, you run the risk of low blood sugar and can leave yourself at risk of dizziness.
It depends on how much time you have before a workout too. If you have a couple of hours, you can fuel up on carbs and protein with a carefully prepared meal, but if you're running from work to the gym you'll need some handy snack options too.
When it comes to being prepared, some foods are better than others.
Trail mix topped with yoghurt
Seeds and nuts prevent your insulin levels from dropping in the middle of your workout and together, with dried fruits, you're getting a quick boost of energy.
It's important to add a little yogurt too because while seeds and nuts are high in healthy fats, they can take longer to digest. Adding yogurt helps to move the process along.
Apple and peanut/almond butter
This is another handy snack that you can grab on the go and helps you push that extra little bit when you feel like giving up.
While you might think an apple alone is enough to keep the hunger pangs at bay, pairing it with peanut or almond butter ensures a slower release of energy, exactly what you want ahead of a gruelling gym class.
While some people might speak about carbohydrates like they're the devil reincarnated, the fact is carbohydrates are necessary for energy and are perfectly healthy when consumed in moderation.
Try a slice of wholemeal toast topped with a poached egg if you have time and, if you're in a rush, cut a banana into chunks instead.
A snack that's easy, nutritious and provides a slow release of energy throughout your workout.
It might be a little a little boring but again, it's a quick (healthy) fix that's a much better choice than a protein bar that contains hidden sugars and fats etc.
They're grand now and again but if you have oatmeal/porridge to hand, add some berries and a little drizzle of honey (if you have a sweet tooth) and you've fuelled up perfectly.
What should you avoid then?
Spicy foods should be avoided pre-workout because they can cause bloating, gas and heartburn which means your workout is over before it even starts.
While greens are a staple part of a healthy diet, do not eat them before heading to the gym. Leafy greens contain a lot of fibre and this can lead to gas and stomach bloating.
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