Eating the right foods goes hand in hand with a successful fitness program. Motivating yourselves to do a workout can be challenging enough and if you put in a poor performance or are not seeing results from your workouts it can be very demotivating and make it difficult to keep a up a consistent regime. Nutrition has a major impact on exercise and is often a reason why people struggle to find consistent development in their workouts. Sometimes you can do a 5 mile run quite easily one week and then next week really struggle to do a 2 mile one. If you don’t already pay attention to your diet, especially before and after your workouts, then it’s worth starting now.
This blog will take a look at 5 foods that are really beneficial to your workout and help you to constantly reach that next level in your training.
Top 5 Snacks to Fuel Your Workout
- Whole-wheat toast with nut or seed butter, banana and cinnamon. A slice of whole-wheat toast with your choice of something like peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter topped with slices of banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon is a great pre-workout snack. It gives you simple and complex carbs, is easy to digest, increases your potassium levels (which drop when you sweat) and stabilizes your blood sugar.
- Apple slices and yogurt peanut butter dip. Mix nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt with peanut or almond butter to make a dip that’s perfect for apple slices. Consider adding grapes or raisins for an extra kick of energy.
- Heart-healthy cereal. Pour yourself a serving of whole-grain cereal mixed with uncooked oatmeal, slivered almonds and chopped dates. Add low-fat milk or almond milk and you’re good to go.
- Half of a lean protein sandwich on whole-wheat bread. Make yourself a sandwich with chicken, turkey or lean roast beef on whole-wheat bread for a great mix of carbs and protein. Veggies like lettuce, tomato or spinach will add nutrients.
- Smoothie. The best thing about smoothies is that they’re portable and easy to customize. Blend sliced fruit, Greek yogurt and some granola or oats for a thicker consistency, and consider add-ins like protein powder, kale or peanut butter.