There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated, getting a stitch or just being too full up to finish your workout after eating the wrong food beforehand. And, let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.
Learning to implement the right nutrition before exercise is a classic problem for runners and a frequent dilemma for gym-goers.
But, it shouldn’t be that difficult. Snacks should serve as part of your daily diet and if you choose the right options, it can make a big difference to your training plan.
That’s why we’ve put together these top five snack ideas that will give you that much-needed energy booster.
Okay, this might be an obvious one to include but by eating fresh fruit like a banana, you are taking on board a much-needed carbohydrate boost and an excellent source of vitamin B. When your energy levels are a little down, one banana can really make the difference, especially if you’re clocking up long kilometres in training or pumping heavy iron.
Smoothies, of course, come in all different kinds of flavours but they are generally packed with easily digestible nutrients. They should also contain antioxidants which help the body fight inflammation and promote new red blood cells. This is very advantageous, as it means more blood and oxygen being sent around the body.
Bagels are definitely one of the best pre-run foods as they are packed with carbohydrates and wholegrain varieties help to release glucose energy slowly into the body. Yes, they may be high in fat, but having a bagel with peanut butter, for instance, can help you feel fuller for longer and ensure you are able to really push yourself.
Whether an oatcake or oatmeal cereal, it is one of the better snack options out there. Why? Because Oatmeal comes with a rich supply of complex carbohydrates, giving you sustained energy release over the duration of a long workout. They are also rich in fibre, which is a very helpful source of energy for tired muscles.
For those of you who haven’t tried it, malt loaf is similar to a soft bread and contains carbohydrates which the body can quickly digest and stir up into energy. It has a sweet taste and may give you the feeling that you’re eating a tasty but sugary bad-food snack like chocolate or sweets. But it’s good for you, certainly in moderation anyway.
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