Pre And Post Snacks To Boost Your Workout Routine

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Working out hard at the gym or at home is great for your health and body, but it's all for nothing if you aren't putting the right foods into your body. You need to fuel and refuel your body before and after your workouts, and eating just anything won't do. Your body needs healthy carbs before a workout and lean protein after a workout. See below for snack ideas you should be eating before and after your workout.     

Pre-Workout Snacks

Try and eat these snacks between 30 minutes and an hour before your workout. You want your snacks digested and the energy absorbed before your workout.

  • Dehydrated Fruit. Dried fruits like apples, bananas, apricots, and pineapples are all great choices. They are high in carbohydrates and have natural sugars. 
  • Oatmeal. Grab a single serving of plain oatmeal and then throw in some fresh fruit like berries, bananas or peaches. Oatmeal is high in fiber and the fruit provides just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Bananas With Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is a healthy carbohydrate option and is just filling enough to get you through you workout.
  • Coconut Water. Coconut water is a healthier alternative to sports drinks, which can be loaded with sugar. It's full of flavor and a great way to give you the energy you need before your workout.

Post-Workout Snacks

Refuel your body within 2 hours after your workout. This will help boost your metabolism while also replenishing electrolytes lost during your workout.

  • Yogurt Or Cottage Cheese With Fruit. Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese are high in protein without being too high in fat. Add fruit to either option for added flavor and extra vitamins.
  • Nuts. Nuts like pistachios or almonds are filling without too much fat. They are high in fiber and protein.
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are high in protein. Boil one or two eggs to eat by themselves, or top a piece of whole wheat toast with the boiled eggs for a more filling alternative.
  • Green Smoothie. Make your own green smoothie at home using 1 cup of spinach or kale, 1/2 cup of water or flavored water like coconut water, 1 banana, 1 slice of pineapple and a 1/2 cup of blueberries. Blend until smooth and drink for a healthy and filling smoothie.

Doing the right exercise routine will help transform your body and eating the right foods before and after your workout will also help. The last thing you want is to work out hard, only to have the foods you are eating hinder your results. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Burlington Racquet & Athletic Club Inc.

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