What we eat before and after workouts is really important, but it can be tricky, right? Most of us want to put something in our stomach, but not too much. We want nutrient dense, but easy to digest. If we’re on-the-go, we want something easy to carry that isn’t filled with artificial ingredients.
I have a short list of go-to pre and post workout snacks: Fresh fruit (usually bananas if I’m at home), snack bars (homemade if I have them), and nuts.
We eat a lot of nuts at our house!
We keep big containers of a variety of nuts in our pantry, and I try to keep a jar of nuts in my bag and in my car as well. They keep me satisfied when I’m running around and they are the perfect snack when kids are “starving” and can’t wait for a meal (and might tend to beg for a junk-food stop.) They’re also great after a workout. (I especially like salted nuts after I’ve sweated off my salt and need to refuel.)
There was actually a time when I would wake up, drink a glass of water, and take off for a run. Anyone else do that? I was younger then. 🙂 These days I tend to wake up much slower (and earlier!) than I used to. By the time I have had some coffee, accomplished a few things, and started breakfast for the boys, I have usually been up at least two hours before I start my workout. By then my stomach is growling.
That’s when I grab something quick: My favorite energy bars and Uncle Ted’s Nut bars are both great (and both full of nuts!) Otherwise I often just grab a handful of almonds, walnuts, mac nuts, or peanuts.
Here are a few healthy factoids about peanuts:
Every single 1 ounce serving of dry roasted or oil roasted peanuts delivers 7 grams of protein and 6 essential nutrients. Peanuts contain “good fats” — more than 80% of the fat found in peanuts is made up of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the healthy fats that help lower cholesterol and keep blood vessels healthy.
And you don’t want to know how many handfuls of peanuts I managed to eat while Dave was taking these pictures!
I’d love to hear what you eat for your pre and post workout snacks! Leave a comment sharing how you stay fueled up– but not full-– before your workouts. Also, what is your go-to post workout snack?
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