If you open any fitness magazine you’ll be bombarded with ads promoting new supplements to help boost you up before a workout. Some work well while others aren’t worth the paper that the Best Pre-Workout Food ad is printed on. But even with an awesome pre-workout supplement, if you’re not training with the right food in your system, you could be doing more harm than good. Think of your pre-workout food as pre-workout “fuel”.
Fast and unhealthy foods will probably help you a lot less than quality, nutrient-rich foods, much the same way high octane fuel helps a car perform better than cheap, heavily leaded fuel.
Knowing what to choose can be tricky, so here are a few favourites:
WHICH PRE-WORKOUT FOODS CAN GIVE YOU ENOUGH FUEL TO FINISH YOUR WORKOUT?
Bananas are an awesome addition to a pre-workout meal due to their slow but easy digestion. They taste great (to most of us) and have lots of important vitamins as well as potassium and fibre. Combining a banana with a slow release protein source, like low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt, will allow your body to feed off those macros and offset fatigue and muscle breakdown.
This easy-to-prepare complex carbohydrate is chock-full of fibre that slowly releases into your system. Oatmeal is a versatile food source that can be combined with many other types of foods. Also, oatmeal is rich in vitamins including some B vitamins responsible for the conversion of carbohydrates into energy.
WHOLE GRAIN BREAD
Whole grain bread is a lot like oatmeal in that it contains slow-release carbohydrates that can help sustain your energy throughout a workout. It’s an easy fix before a workout since it’s easy to prepare and can be topped with various healthy food options.
FAVOURITE PRE-WORKOUT POWER SNACK
Of all the options out there to mix and match, I have selected my favourite pre-workout snack to keep me well fueled for a workout. It’s an organic almond butter and banana sandwich on whole grain brain.
The almond butter contains protein along with very healthy fats, while the banana and whole grain bread provide the body with slow release carbs. Mix it up and go with what works for you.