What you eat before and after your workout is almost as important as breaking the sweat itself! You want to load up on the perfect combination of protein and carbs. Sorry, but unless you’re running a serious race, a giant bowl of pasta the night before your morning run will do more harm than good. Even worse, not eating anything at all can set you up for fatigue the rest of the day.
These pre- and post-workout snacks are as easy as they are delicious! Even if you have just a few minutes to yourself before and after your workouts, these are the perfect ways to fuel to your next sweat sesh!
Berry Bliss Protein Shake: Blend 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder with 1/2 cup ice and 1 cup frozen berries for a sweet surge of energy. This balance of protein and good carbs will fuel you up for a great workout.
Avo Toast: Got a long run ahead of you? Mash up half an avocado, spread it onto a slice of whole wheat toast, add pepper to taste and you’ll be carbo loading the right way.
Eggs ’n’ Oats: Top a packet of plain cooked oatmeal with two sunny-side-up eggs. Mix it all together for a snack of oaty, yolky goodness! Sound weird? Try it! This is a great blend of complex carbs and protein.
Veggie Omelet: Need to get your greens on in the a.m.? In a skillet add spinach, mushrooms, peppers (or whichever veggies you love), and a bit of EVOO. Sautee the veggies then add two large eggs. If you’re feeling really sassy, toss in a bit of Feta cheese for an added dose of calcium.
Chocolate milk: Yes, really! This is a great way to get the protein and carbs you need to refuel after a workout. Just be sure to enjoy one to two cups of the low-fat variety to keep from throwing your hard work out the window.
Green Machine Smoothie: Need a snack you can sip on the go? Simply blend 4 cups spinach, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 banana and 1 tablespoon peanut butter with ice.
Apple and Cheese, Please!: Doesn’t get much easier than this! Nosh on 1 medium sliced apple and 1 stick of low-fat string cheese. It’s a carb and protein miracle!
Pita Chip and Hummus: One serving of pita chips with two spoonfuls of hummus gives you instant post-workout energy thanks to quick digesting carbs.
Green Eggs and Ham-wich: This fast food fave just got healthier (and easier)! Combine 1 whole egg, 1 cup sautéed spinach, 1 slice low fat cheese and 1 slice Canadian bacon served on an English muffin for a super satisfying breakfast.
xx, The FabFitFun Team