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Best Pre-Workout Snacks

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Whole grain crackers with cheese can be a delicious and simple snack to have before working out.

Regardless of what time you decide to hit the weights, chances are that you will provide your body some sort of nourishment to be able to get through an intense workout. Having a snack before your workout will give you the energy and endurance to really push your limits by providing a continuous source of energy, physically as well as mentally.

Here are a couple of snack ideas that are packed with complex carbohydrates to provide large amounts of energy:

Oatmeal and Blueberries – A small bowl, roughly ¼ cup of oatmeal with hot water and some blueberries is a great, healthy snack that will provide 20 gram of complex carbohydrates and less than 1 gram of fat.

Small Berry Smoothie – Mixing ice, low fat yogurt, fresh berries and water is a great way to create a healthy and delicious snack that packs both complex and simple carbohydrates with muscle building protein to keep your energy levels stabilized throughout your workout.

Fresh Fruits – Fruits such as oranges, bananas, apples, plums, peaches and pears are a great way to give you a boost of energy – along with additional vitamins and minerals.

Hard Boiled Eggs – Best paired with complex carbohydrates, hard boil eggs (in particular the white part) are virtually pure protein and can help provide muscle building nutrients to the muscle while keeping your appetite suppressed.

Whole Grain Crackers with Low Fat Cheese -  A delicious and simple snack of crackers and cheese will help supply your body with energy to persist through your workout by keeping your blood sugars stabilized.

Fresh Vegetables - Washed and cut vegetables, virtually any type of vegetable you like, will provide tons of slow released energy, will curb your appetite and will provide some much needed fiber for overall health and digestion.

With any of the snacks suggested, remember to keep your portions small and to wait at least 30 minutes after eating to begin working out. It will take at least 15 – 20 minutes for your body to start benefitting from the energy but most importantly, you don’t want your body to cramp up because you’re full.

 


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