Pre Workout Snacks you can grab on the Go
It’s 6:00am and you really want to go for a workout, but you’re not sure how big your breakfast should be? Or maybe you just finished work, and you want to have a pre-workout snack that won’t ruin your dinner appetite and that won’t make you feel too full? Then watch this space! Here’s a great list of pre-workout snacks, some of which you can just grab on your way out to the gym.
Best Pre-Workout Snacks
Whether you eat just one boiled egg and a slice of toast before heading out the door, or if you have the time and energy to cook up an omelette, eggs are a very easy and affordable pre-workout snack. You can cook them in so many different ways and they are really rich in protein, which means they enhance the effect of your workout. Protein not only makes you feel full for a longer time, so you don’t go hungry in the middle of your training, but it also helps muscles regenerate, so that your post-workout fatigue lasts a lot less.
This particular pre-workout snack addresses those of you who are motivated enough to workout in the morning. Here’s how it’s done: before you go to bed, just throw in a jar; half a cup of rolled oats, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (for thickness) and 2 tablespoons of almonds, a cup of milk (or water, if you’re on a calorie restricting diet), some cocoa or cinnamon, and maybe even something sweet like a banana or chopped up dates. By the time you wake up and get ready to rumble this tasty treat will be just ready to eat- and trust me, it won’t take you more than two minutes, but it will keep you full for over 2 hours.
Keep it simple, if you’re like me and you get hungry every couple of hours, bananas are just the right thing. They’re easy to carry with you (even in your bag, and they won’t make a mess if they’re not too ripe), and they are very easy to find. This simple pre-workout snack can be bought at pretty much shop, and can be kept for as long as 1-2 weeks. Small trick: if you have a bunch of bananas, separate them at the stem, and you’ll see they last a lot longer than when they’re all part of the same bunch. Good for your diet and figure, but also for your budget.
Peanut Butter Toast
Most of us all love Peanut Butter & Jam, but did you know that your favourite childhood treat can be an excellent pre-workout snack? The peanut butter contains 25.1 grams of protein per hundred grams (Try to use natural peanut butter without the sugar), and the toast will give you that extra bit of energy from the carbs. If you use whole bread, it’s even healthier, and if you want to also replace the jam with something that your nutritionist would approve of, Honey….
No, no, this isn’t what you think it is! I’m not talking about the store-bought, chemical-filled, sugar-overdose kind of fruit yogurt that you can buy at the shop! This pre-workout snack is home-made: good for the soul and good for the pocket…. Not to mention your figure! All you need to do is get a cup of yogurt (Plan Greek yogurt will do) with some chopped up fresh strawberries in there, or maybe throw a handful of blackberries or blueberries, or even just mix it up with some raw nuts or another pre-workout snack like a banana!
By Manuella Myburgh