Knowing when and what to eat before and after a workout can be difficult. That’s why I am here to offer you a few quick tips on how to properly prepare your body to workout, and how to nourish it after you workout.
Firstly, having some fuel in your body prior to working out is extremely important! This will ensure you have enough energy to power through your workout, and keep you from feeling dizzy or tired. Carbohydrates are the primary fuel for our bodies, and therefore, it is essential to eat plenty of carbs pre-workout. In addition, a pre-workout snack should include protein, as protein is what helps our sore muscles repair. Combining carbs and protein in a pre-workout snack is fairly easy! Peanut butter toast, Greek yogurt with fruit, whole-grain cereal with milk, and apple and peanut butter are all super easy snacks that contain a great balance of carbohydrates and protein.
In terms of post-workout nutrition, protein and carbs are the key again! You will want to replenish your body with the energy used via carbs, and once again, you will need protein to help build muscle! Therefore, the pre-workout snack suggestions are also suitable for post-workout snacks. In addition, either chocolate milk or protein shakes are two of my personal favorite post-workout go-tos!
Finally, timing! When before and when after working out should you be eating these nutritious snacks? Everyone’s body is different. Some people can eat minutes before working out, and feel fine, but to others, this would just be a recipe for disaster! Listen to your body and know what works best for you! Generally, eating a snack rich in carbs/protein about one hour before your workout is best, as it gives you readily available energy, but saves your stomach from trying to digest your food as you workout.
Remember, FOOD IS YOUR FUEL, so eat to fuel your workout! If anyone has any further questions about nutrition, feel free to let me know! I would be happy to assist you! ~Katie