There are certain foods that can help fuel your body and boost performance during and after a sweat session. Here’s what you should snack on:
Before: Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana and Cinnamon
Carbs are your best friend when it comes to revving up for a workout. The key is to consume a mix of complex and simple ones so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both types of carbs with the bonus of being super easy to digest. Complex carbs will keep your motor humming, while the fruit adds an extra kick of energy.
After: Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
While your body is in recovery mode, a nutrient dense meal is essential. The lean protein and carbohydrates in chicken will fill you up without making you feel bloated.
Before: Greek Yogurt and Trail Mix
Yogurt is an excellent snack before a long run. Not only is it easy on your stomach but when combined with trail mix, it can give you an extra boost of energy. Be sure to choose a mix that is mostly nut and dried fruit based with as little fillers as possible. Remember, a little goes a long way. Seeds and nuts are high in fat, which means they take longer to digest and slow you down.
After: Veggie Omelet with Avocado
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and help aid in muscle recovery and growth. Switch it up by adding avocados for added fiber and monosaturated fats, the healthy kind. Like olive oil, avocados can help your body better absorb fat soluble nutrients that your veggies have like vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are chock-full of antioxidants, the best boost for your body.