8 Foods And Drinks You Should Have Before Workout

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Are you looking for simple and easy pre-workout recipes? Check out 8 healthy and delicious snacks that will make sure your body is totally ready for your workout.

1. Apple and Peanut Butter

Apple slices and peanut butter make the perfect pre-workout snack. A combination of natural carbohydrates and protein, this snack is super tasty – and the protein in the peanut butter will help your body to build and repair muscle!

Directions

Chocolate-peanut butter apple bites

Ingredients

2 apples, sliced into wedges

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup granola, your favorite

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Semisweet chocolate chips, optional

2. Hummus

Hummus is a great source of protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. While it can be quite high in fat, the fats are mostly unsaturated and heart-healthy.

Directions

Hummus toast

Ingredients

10 1/4-inch-thick slices of seeded or plain baguette
About 1/2 cup hummus
About 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and thinly sliced
Pea shoots, for garnish
Flaky sea salt, for garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil (optional), for garnish

3. Banana

A banana is a very popular pre-workout snack for a good reason. The potassium in the bananas helps to stop cramping, and the carbohydrates are filling, helping to fuel your workout.

Directions

Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

1 overripe banana
1/4 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or dairy milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Dash of vanilla extract
Honey, to taste (optional)

4. Protein powder

Protein powder can really help to enhance your workout. The whey power helps with fat loss, as well as helping to strengthen your muscles.

Directions

Protein smoothie

Ingredients

120 mL unsweetened vanilla almond milk
120 mL cup water
1/2 banana
Dash of cinnamon
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used one packet of Tone It Up’s vegan vanilla protein powder Perfect Fit)
Ice
1 to 2 drops of liquid Stevia, optional

5. Eggs

Eggs make a great breakfast to prepare for a morning workout. They are an excellent source of protein, as well as being filling and delicious!

Directions

Spinach Omelette

Ingredients

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 eggs, whisked
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Spinach-Basil Pesto

6. Oats

Oats are filled with fiber, which will slowly release into your body while you workout, helping to maintain your energy levels.

Directions

Oats and honey granola bar

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
2/3 cups oat flour (see Tips & Tricks linked above) OR whole wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

7. Fruit and nuts

Fruit and nuts offer you a tasty combination of vitamins and protein, making it one of the easiest snacks to have before your workout.

Directions

Homemade trail mix

Ingredients

Chocolate – dark, milk or white
Superfruits – goldenberries, goji berries, blueberries, cranberries
Popcorn
Spices – turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon

8. Beet Juice

Beet juice has many healthy properties. It increases blood flow, and is filled with immune boosting vitamin C and fibre.

Directions

Beet and strawberry smoothie

Ingredients
½ cup roasted beets (see link above)
2 cups strawberries
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (homemade)
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 banana

With these 8 healthy snacks and small meals your workout will be double as effective and your whole health will improve. Working out it essential to fitness and weight loss and an important part of a healthy lifestyle but it is only one half of the equation, a healthy diet is the other part which is just as important. So, combine these snacks which are good for your body and energy with your regular workout and you are on the right path to a healthy life.

Did you try some of these recipes? Do you have other snacks you prefer eating before your workout? Tell me in the comments!

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