Fuel up for optimal results—and recovery!
Deciding what to eat before and after a workout can be confusing but when it comes to a workout snack, what you choose to eat is important. After all, the right foods before and after exercise give your body what it needs to prepare and recover from the exertion and helps makes you bigger, stronger, and faster.
Eating is essential to prevent muscle breakdown, replenish glycogen stores and ensure a speedy recovery and like a car that uses gas, your body burns carbohydrates for fuel, and you need those carbohydrates to give you the energy to power through that workout.
So, what are the best foods to eat before and after a workout? What follows is a pretty simple and easy-to-follow list of foods that many registered dietitians recommend.
Before a morning workout, eat:
A few crackers
After your morning workout:
Eggs, 2 pieces of whole-grain toast, OJ
Oatmeal with berries and nuts, tall glass of milk
Whole-grain waffle with cottage cheese and berries on top
After your midday workout:
Salad with lean protein (chicken), beans and veggies, salad dressing
Sandwich with soup
Before your evening workout"
Mixed fruit bowl with yogurt and a few nuts
Low-fat or nonfat latte and a Kashi granola bar
Banana with peanut butter
After your evening work out:
Shrimp stir-fry, brown rice
Sweet potato, 4 oz. sliced steak, broccoli
1 cup penne pasta with 4 oz. chicken and spinach in oil
Avoid these types of foods before a workout:
Broccoli or beans