Lahore (Web Desk): It is not difficult anymore to turn your body into a powerful and efficient fat-burning machine before each workout. It is best to now the appropriate foods to eat pre and post workouts, as when monitored correctly, it can massively increase the speed at which you achieve your goals.
Preferably, it’s best to eat about one to two hours before you hit the gym, go for a run, or take a fitness class to give your body time to digest.
Here is a list of seven foods you can eat before you rock that workout.
Toss up a healthy salad for yourself with roasted chickpeas, or our very own cholas (1/2 cup), light olive oil and vinegar. Most of the fiber in chickpeas is insoluble fiber, which is great for digestive health. It is definitely a good option for a quick and easy pre workout meal. More reasons to nosh on chola chaat!
2. Protein shake
It is true that overdoing protein shakes (think several times in a day) is harmful for you, but it can count for a beneficial pre workout snack every now and then. Make your protein shake with half a banana, one scoop of protein powder and almond milk. This power packed drink will give you energy and the strength to ace that strenuous workout you’ve been meaning to nail.
These are surely nature’s wrapped up candy bars – without the toxic makeup of candy bars we purchase without thinking. Bananas are not only filling but are a great source of natural sugars, simple carbohydrates and potassium. This heavenly fruit helps to stablise your sugar levels and keep you kicking throughout the workout – no matter how grueling it gets (ideal for sprinting or high intensity interval training).
4. Peanut butter sandwich
Multi-grain bread with peanut butter is a great source of complex carbohydrates that are perfect for a pre-workout session. Take two slices of multi-grain or whole wheat bread and put two tablespoons of peanut butter on it. You can also buy the yummy crunchy peanut butter! Talk about being delish and healthy!
5. Quinoa bowl with black berries
Quinoa has very high protein content and all essential amino acids. It contains complex carbohydrates, minerals like phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and iron. It also has several vitamins and is high in soluble fibre content. All you need is one cup of quinoa and one cup of blackberries.
6. Greek yoghurt and dried fruit
Dried fruit is high in sugar and high in calories – especially when it comes to dieting, dried fruit is generally avoided. However, this food is great to be consumed in measured amounts pre workout to provide a quick source of simple sugars. Consuming dried fruit with Greek yogurt can also give your body a boost of protein, in turn, helping optimise your workout.
7. Sautéed or steamed vegetables
The perfect fuel before you hit the gym; this will keep your energy levels spiked and are a great source of nutrition. Mushrooms, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes – there’s so much to choose from! Not only will these energise you from within but give you a fibre kick that’ll aid in digestion.