I thought i would give some good snack ideas as pre/post workout, especially if, like me you workout before/after school or work… then its important to have food with you.
Pre workout: No matter if you do cardio or strength, eating carbs before your workout is important, as that is where most of our energy source comes from, and it is the best energy source for our body! So my preferred pre workout is egg white oatmeal, as its also good to eat protein before your workout. So if im at home, ill usually eat oatmeal or i like crisp bread with caviar and egg 😉
Also before workouts (after school) i often drink BCAAs, depending on when i last ate sometimes i do my workouts on fasted stomach (i.e 1-2 hours since i last ate) and just drink BCAA’s-
Really you should eat a preworkout meal anywhere from 2 hours to 30 minutes before a workout.
Some pre workout snacks:
Rice cakes (can have cheese and butter or other toppings inbetween 2 rice cakes… and its good to eat a few!)
Fruit is always good to have with you and an excellent source of fast energy! Especially bananas -> Natures sport candy in other words!
Sometimes i even have nuts with me, but it is better with carbs, as fat doesnt release that fast energy you need.
Other good snack ideas to have with you is:
Home made energy balls or bars (love these!!)
Home made muffins/cupcakes
Pancakes -> Ive done this before, if i made pancakes the night before i take some cold pancakes with me as my preworkout!! You can even put filling in them, like nut butter or jam and roll them up!!
Post workout: Really, post workout can be the same as pre workout, but after working out its extra important with protein, and of course carbohydrates as well!
My post workout is usually a protein shake & a fruit and then later i eat a full meal like lunch or dinner, though sometimes when i know im just coming home, and have food ready then i just eat my full meal c.a 20-30 minutes after the end of my workout. Its important to eat atleast something 30-60 minutes after a workout.
Good options are fruit, protein powder, eggs, rice cakes, almonds, home made protein muffins/cookies, questbars are also a favourite of mine! etc
If you are at home you can eat things like oatmeal, quark/greek yoghurt, berries, omelette, tuna etc etc