5 Great Foods To Make The Most Of Your Workout
This post written by guest blogger – Heather Damron
It’s 5:00 pm and you are just leaving work and heading to the gym. You’re hungry – famished, in fact. But you soldier on and put in your time on the treadmill. The workout is lackluster, at best.
You run out of the gym, ravenously looking for something, ANYTHING, to eat. And you end up making a horrible choice, nutritionally. Something involving a drive through, a greasy paper bag and self-loathing.
So your gym time? A complete waste of time.
Here’s the thing: you need to think of your body as a machine. It needs fuel. You absolutely should not go into a workout undernourished.
Fortunately, you don’t need to eat a lot, or anything complicated. You just need a little bite to help optimize your workout. And honestly, working out is sometimes a drag – so why not make the absolute most of it? It’s your time, after all.
You might be wondering which foods will help you make the most of your workout –and I’ve got a few ideas. The trick is to get the right combination of slow burning complex carbohydrates and protein.
- Greek Yogurt, berries and a little granola. A mini parfait! Make sure you go for plain, natural yogurt. The berries will add sweetness, but add a little local honey if you need more.
- Almond butter on half a whole wheat bagel. Peanut butter would be fine too. Both are great sources of healthy fats and protein.
- String cheese and a pear. Pears are full of healthy fiber and string cheese is just a great, portable source of protein (and calcium)! Plus, string cheese is just fun to eat.
- A hardboiled egg with the yolk replaced with hummus and a handful of grapes. Store bought hummus works just fine, just use what you like! Sprinkle a little paprika on top if you’re fancy.
- Overnight oatmeal. Oatmeal is one of the ultimate pre workout foods. Mix 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk ,1 tablespoon cocoa,1 teaspoon natural peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and leave in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to eat it, heat (or not) stir and enjoy! This will make two snack sized servings, so save some for later.
Don’t forget, the best time to eat to energize your workout is about thirty minutes before you begin. So now, go forth and continue with your New Year’s fitness resolution – properly fueled, of course!
Heather Damron is the editor of Shrinking Kitchen. She lives with her husband, two children, dogs and cats in soggy Western Washington. When she is not reading, trying to motivate herself to exercise, obsessing over Pinterest, teaching herself to sew or attempting to keep on top of her never ending ‘to do’ list, you’ll find Heather in the kitchen. She loves to experiment with different flavors, scouring the web for interesting recipes and finding ways to lighten up unhealthy favorites. She is dedicated to raising healthy children with adventurous palates who make good choices about food.