5 Top Snacks to Keep Your Energized For Your Workout

While it isn’t always necessary to eat something before you work out, a small snack can definitely help keep energy levels up especially for long grueling workouts lasting longer than half an hour.

The key is choosing the right snack so that you don’t end up feeling too bloated or feeling an energy crash later (which is what sugary treats will do to you).

Here are the top five snacks you can eat before your exercise session so that you can work that body and pump iron effectively (you know doughnuts are not on this list!)

Fresh Juice from Fruits and Vegetables

This may not seem like so much of a snack since it’s not eaten, but fresh fruit and vegetable juice is a great snack to have before your workout because of the sheer numbers of vitamins and minerals it contains. Not only are those vitamins and minerals great for your health, they boost your exercise performance and the juice itself is refreshing due to its water content.

Turkey Leaf Wrap

Smear a large collard leaf with one tablespoon of mustard, top it with some turkey chunks/slices, tomatoes, purple onions and red peppers, and roll it up to get a nice, low-fat protein rich snack that is both delicious and filling. With less than 200 calories, it’s easy on the waistline too!

Banana/ Apple Topped with Peanut Butter

If you don’t have much time to prepare a time-consuming snack before your workout, this snack is absolutely perfect. Just grab an apple or a banana, top it with a tablespoon of peanut butter, and you have yourself a low-calorie healthy snack that is tasty and quick.

Cottage Cheese Topped with Fruit

For another quick pre-workout snack, top half a cup of cottage cheese with half a cup of fresh fruit, be it berries or melons. If you want to add more carbs to this snack, top with a banana. Even with a banana, this snack is less than 250 calories and enough to keep you moving through your workout.

Mocha Protein Shake

This one’s for all you whey protein fans out there! Just blend 1 cup iced coffee with a scoop of chocolate whey protein powder to get a yummy doesn’t-feel-like-it’s-healthy-but-is snack. You can also add in a cup of cooked rolled oats if you are going to do a super heavy workout and need more endurance.

The snacks above are easy and great even as post-workout snacks, so try them all out if you can and see which ones end up your favorites.

If none of these snacks appeal to you, that’s okay; just be sure to keep your snacks low-fat and high in protein (also carbs if you’re doing an intense workout) and you’ll do great during your session.

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