Did you know that what you eat before, during and after a workout directly influences and impacts your results? Before you begin your workout, make sure you’re fueling your body with the nutrients required to maximize results! What to eat before and after a workout:
Pre workout meals
You want to fill up on a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates approximately an hour before your workout to ensure that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady.
A go-to snack for those who sweat a lot during their workout is bananas – potassium levels often drop during a workout and bananas are able to replenish this deficit. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you eat something that is too high in sugar right before your workout, you will likely have a sugar crash mid-rep.
- Whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana
- Multi grain crackers and hummus
- Oatmeal and berries
- Quinoa and mushrooms
Post workout meals
After your workout is complete, your body is in recovery mode. With that being said, you want to ensure you’re consuming foods that are rich in nutrients and able to speed up muscle recovery. Eating (or drinking) something that combines protein and carbohydrates 30-60 minutes after your workout refills energy stores, repairs muscles that were broken down, and helps keep your metabolism up.
- Grilled chicken, rice and vegetables
- Salad with roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes
- Burrito with beans and brown rice
- Banana, milk and yogurt smoothie
Happy meal prepping!