When it comes to pre-gym snacks, complex carbs are your power animal. A one-two punch of carbs and protein, with a slight kick of sugar to raise your energy levels will help you to get the most out of your workout. Here are 5 energy-boosting snacks to add to your training plan.
The slow release of energy of the wholemeal toast will keep your energy levels steady throughout your workout. Bananas are an all-round superfood, but at the gym they provide a much-needed boost to your potassium levels which diminish as you sweat.
The mix of slow and fast burning protein in Greek yoghurt provides the perfect base for this pre-workout snack. And the complex carbohydrates in granola will help keep those hunger pains at bay while you work.
A lower-carb option, apple wedges and nut butter will give you a quick hit of protein to power your workout. The natural sugars found in apples provide a healthy energy boost that will be quickly expended at the gym.
The wholemeal toast provides a nice slow-releasing complex carb to keep you going through your whole workout, while eggs are bursting with protein to support muscle growth while you train.
A cheap, healthy and delicious breakfast, especially on a chilly winter’s day, oats are the perfect fuel for your morning training session. Add some fruit (berries, banana, apples, insert-your-favourite-here) for a hint of sweetness as well as a quick energy hit.
A quick bite 30-45 minutes before you train will make the world of difference to your energy and positivity levels at the gym. So what’s your favourite pre-gym snack? Let us know in the comments.
Spinach, cheese and red pepper omelette with baked beans
I fancy that apple with peanut butter! Yum!
I tend to have a fruity/carby breakfast like yogurt with fresh fruit and some soaked oats. Then I work out a couple of hours after that. I feel more like working out if I've had a light but healthy breakfast.
it's a tricky one - don't want to train on an empty stomach, but eat too soon before and I will get indigestion. A good carby breakfast and a mid morning banana do me for a lunchtime gym session, with lunch afterwards.