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Pre And Post-Workout Snacks

By eHealthIQ
Reviewed: August 30, 2013

Eating before and after a workout is the best way to ensure that your muscles and body heals efficiently when you are exercising. Snacks are the perfect way to get the energy you need before a workout, and a great way to rebuild your muscle and energy after a workout. Here are 10 snacks that do the job every time.

Pre-Workout Snacks

Bananas: These simple carbohydrates are perfect for energizing your body and giving you a boost to get through your workout. They are especially good for preventing cramps if you’re a runner.

Dates: This sweet and nutritious fruit is in season starting in October, and it provides you with a burst of energy. Dates are better than athlete gels, and they can keep you going for hours.

Orange juice: Having orange juice before a workout provides your body with vitamins and carbohydrates to keep you going. It’s also hydrate. You just need to make sure it’s not concentrated and is freshly squeezed.

Workout shake: A workout shake is an excellent energizer and nutrient provider. Drink one before a workout to power through an intense session for the best results.

Apple and peanut butter: An apple and peanut butter goes a long way in providing you with the energy you need to stay going. These ingredients provide carbohydrates, fats and proteins for a balanced snack that will energize and nourish.

Post-Workout Snacks

Protein shake: A protein shake will rebuild the muscle and protein lost during intense workouts. This is especially important if you are trying to shed fat and build muscle.

A small lean burger: A lean protein burger will give you a balance of nutrients for a quick meal. You should refuel your body after a workout, but there’s no need to eat an entire meal right away. Lean protein with minimal saturated fats will be your best bet.

Fruit and low-fat yogurt: This snack is packed with protein, carbohydrates and a little fat that you need after a workout. It also has plenty of calcium and nutrients that will keep you going.

Dried fruit and nuts: This small snack will pack a punch. It’s full of healthy fats and carbohydrates to energize your body. There are also a lot of vitamins and minerals in this snack to replace what you lost during your workout.

Veggie omelet: A veggie omelet is full of protein, a little fat and a lot of nutrients. You will get the wholesomeness of veggies and the protein to rebuild after a long workout.

 
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