You don’t have to eat hard-boiled eggs or chug a whey shake just to gear up for exercise. There are plenty of delicious snacks that offer the same pre-workout benefits, so long as you know where to find them. Next time you’re getting ready to hit the gym, grab one of these five yummy treats that’ll boost your energy and fuel your fitness regime.
1. Fruit smoothie
Grab some fresh fruit and get the blender ready for this on-the-go snack. The Gimme Some Oven blog offered up a fruit smoothie recipe that you can tackle in less than five minutes. Put milk, frozen strawberries, fresh bananas, a splash of vanilla, ice and a little honey in a blender, and voila! Pour the refreshing beverage into your travel mug and be on your merry way.
Don’t be afraid to substitute other types of fruits into your smoothie. You can even throw a few veggies into the mix. It’s really up to you how you make your smoothie.
2. Energy bites
These delicious morsels take a little extra effort compared to fruit smoothies, but they’re worth every minute. Set yourself up for success when you have some free time by making no-bake energy bites.
The Chew Out Loud blog posted an easy-to-make recipe. All you need to do is combine 1 cup oats, 2/3 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup flaxseed, 1/3 cup honey, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 2/3 cup chocolate chips and teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients and shape them into little balls. Keep them on the counter or in the fridge and grab as you go.
3. Quinoa with fruit
Did you know that quinoa is one of the most protein-heavy foods out there? Forbes explained that it’s also rich in iron, magnesium,riboflavin – also known as vitamin B-2- and manganese. This means that the seed does more than just aid your workout, it can improve your overall health.
Quinoa paired with freshly sliced strawberries, apples, cranberries and other fruits is a highly effective meal to eat before you head off to Pilates or yoga. When perusing the produce section or your local farmers market, pick out fruits that are rich in protein for an energy boost.
If you’re planning to hit the gym in the early morning, The Huffington Post compiled a list of foods that’ll wake you up. A few good options include bananas, citrus fruits and coconuts. The source suggested ginger tea to increase your jolt because it’s so rich in antioxidants. Pro tip: Drizzle a little honey over your quinoa and fruit for an extra boost of energy.
4. Greek yogurt
Shape magazine suggested eating 6 ounces of plain nonfat Greek yogurt and 2/3 cup berries if you’re getting ready for your Pilates class. Each component of the snack plays a role in aiding your workout. The berries are great because they’ll give you the fuel you’ll need to complete the workout and the yogurt will keep you full so you don’t get hunger pains in the middle of class.
5. A piece of chicken on whole grain
If your schedule allows for it, make yourself a half of a grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain bread. Fit Day suggested the snack if you’re anticipating a 90-minute workout. Even if you look down at your black series watch while you’re working out and you realize you’re a little shy of an hour and a half, that’s O.K. too. Add a slice of avocado or some egg whites to spruce up your snack. You can also skip the fixings and just eat the chicken plain as a good source of protein.
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