We've all been there before; you have a workout early in the morning and you don't want to eat beforehand; or you're just afraid whatever you eat will make it's way back up. Whatever the reason we've all battled the question: to eat or not to eat?
Before a workout grabbing a light snack is ideal. Eat a few complex carbs, get your protein, hydrate or maybe even drink your food. Below are a few of our top Workout Ready snacks for your early morning or afternoon workouts (some even have recipes you can try to make this a no-brainer)
Snack: A smoothie with 1 cup of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables or this nutrient packed smoothie
Snack: An apple or pear with 1 tablespoon of nut butter
Snack: ¾ cup of Chia Pudding with 1 tablespoon granola and ½ cup of berries
Snack: 2 tablespoons of dried fruit and 1 tablespoon of raw, unsalted nuts
Snack: 100-calorie granola bar
Snack: 1-2 rice cakes topped with 1 tablespoon of nut butter
Eating is fuel for your body, not eating before or after a workout can of course what you need is important however you'll need fuel to push through your workout and aid in your recovery.
After a workout your eating is pretty crucial, you typically want to eat 15 minutes to 1 hour afterwards to maximize. The calories you consume after a workout will replace the energy you just put out in your workout. Stay away from fats (unless they're your healthy fats) your body will use what you eat to repair muscle and restore energy.
Think carbs and protein, rehydrate during and really well after.
Complex carbohydrates include:
- Brown rice
- Whole Wheat Bread
Healthy proteins include:
- Hummus + Pita
- Black Beans
- Peanut Butter
Find what works for you and make a commitment to make a change, results can really be found in the kitchen. Stop by your local Health food or Active store and get some insight. Put in the work all around!
The Weigh In: You need to eat before and after a workout, eliminating one could do more harm than good. Don't over compensate after your workout and don't starve yourself before.