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Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

Pre- and post-workout snacks may feel overwhelming at times. It seems like there is conflicting information everywhere about whether or not to eat before and after a workout, eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, and many more. We have researched different places to round up the best information about pre- and post-workout snacks. The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body. Do what feels best for you. However, there are a few general rules of thumb to be aware of.

Pre-workout snacks are essential for a good workout. They fuel your body and give you energy so that your body can operate at maximum capacity. The best time to eat a full meal is 2-3 hours before you exercise. This meal should contain carbohydrates, protein, and fat. You should then eat a light snack 30-45 minutes before you work out, keeping this one simple. This meal should still contain carbs and some protein. Remember, listen to your body and do what is best, but these are good guidelines to follow.

If you aren’t sure what types of foods to eat as a pre-workout snack (30-45 minutes before your workout), here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Oats
  • Grilled chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato
  • A slice of whole-grain bread with turkey or a boiled egg
  • Fruit and Greek yogurt
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Apple or banana and nut butter
  • Chocolate milk
  • Protein bar
  • Rice cakes with nut butter
  • Avocado toast
  • Applesauce
  • Nuts

Post-workout snacks are just as important as pre-workout snacks. It is important to fuel your body because you just lost a lot of calories. You need to eat to regain your energy back. Your body also needs food to rebuild all of the muscles that were just broken down, especially after weight lifting. Post-workout snacks should be eaten within an hour after a workout is completed.

Below are some ideas for post-workout snacks!

If you aren’t sure what types of foods to eat as a pre-workout snack (30-45 minutes before your workout), here are some ideas to get you started!

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