What pre-workout snacks do you use to power up your gym sessions. High-energy carbs and muscle building protein is high on the list. If you’re in need of something, eat a small, 100- to 200-calorie snack about half an hour before your workout. If you fail to provide yourself with the energy and nutrients required during exercise, the chances are you won’t see results as quickly as you should.
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I eat a lot of eggs and carbs before I workout. Eggs are an easy fix because you can do so much with them, so you’re less likely to get bored eating the same thing over and over again.
I have a protein yoghurt and a banana, plus lots of water. This gives me a real boost – especially if I’m going to the gym in the morning.
Homemade protein bars are super easy to make and perfect for a quick on the go pre-workout food. What works for me is that I can control the ingredients, making sure that they are high in carbohydrates and protein if that’s what I need.
I love a big omelette, made using whole eggs and egg whites as they give me muscle-building protein and the right balance of amino acids. I eat omelettes usually 2-3 hours before a workout to avoid muscle catabolism and promote muscle growth.
Porridge and oatmeal is the ultimate pre-workout breakfast and I add a scoop of protein powder if I need
I try to avoid a lot of dried fruit as it’s high in sugar and calories but in measured amounts it’s a great pre-workout snack to give a quick source of simple sugar. Adding some Greek yogurt can also provide the body with a source of protein to help get the most from your workout but I would have this about an hour beforehand.
If I’m on the go and in a hurry, a quick protein shake can solve my pre-workout needs. I tend to use whey protein too.