How we fuel our bodies before and after a workout are important to not only perform well during exercise, but to recover well after pushing its’ limits.
But knowing the right foods to pick for a pre and post workout snack can be a little confusing. Not only do we have to think about what foods to fuel our bodies with, but we have to consider when as well.
Don’t be afraid of eating carbs. Carbohydrates act as fuel for your body to keep it going. It’s recommended to eat your pre-workout snack 1 to 3 hours before your workout. Try snacking on some granola, an apple with peanut butter, a banana, or a handful of nuts with raisins. The protein in the snacks will help prepare the right amino acids for your muscles in order for them to function their best.
It’s important to get both carbohydrates and protein after your workout. It’s recommended to get nutrition within 15 minutes of completing an intense workout routine. Some post-workout snacks to consider are a smoothie, chocolate milk, or a turkey and veggie wrap.
To wrap things up, we know that protein and carbohydrates are both essential macronutrients we need to fuel our bodies and recover well.
What we put into our bodies can make or break a workout and how you feel afterwards.
Honor your body and the hard work you’ve put in to making it the best it can be, and fuel it with nourishing foods. And remember, the food we talk about in this post is snacks, make sure to add some proper meals too.
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