Best Pre-Workout Foods


Choose the right foods and portion sizes before your workout!

Before your morning exercise it is very important to fuel your body properly, because your body has used up most of its carbohydrate or energy stores at night while you were sleeping!

Best Pre-Workout Foods

  • One of the best ways to feel well enough for your early workouts (or any for that matter) is to have a good 200 to 300 calorie meal about two to three hours before your workout.
  • A proper morning meal will help you avoid feeling groggy or lightheaded during a workout.
  • Choose the right foods and portion sizes to keep you feeling strong until the end of your workout.
  • If you don’t have time to wait two to three hours before your workout, than opt for a large snack before bed the night before. Then grab an energy drink or small snack, like a piece of fruit before exercising which will get you trough your morning without.
  • Slow-burning complex carbohydrates are a smart choice before exercise. Carbs are digested slowly, they will provide a steady stream of energy and will help you remain full during your workout.

Best Pre-Workout Foods

  • Your breakfast should be a small bowl of  low or no-sugar cereal, a piece of fruit (banana or apple would be the best), fruit juice that is 100% fruit. Or you can have half the cup of trail mix with low or non-fat yogurt or half the cup of milk in place of the cereal.
  • Protein is an important addition to your pre-workout meal because it will help you feel full, provide energy, and help repair and build muscles.
  • A slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter or an apple with nut butter are excellent pairings of carbs and protein.
  • Stay away from fatty foods before your workouts, because fat takes more energy to digest and digests slowly.
  • Avoid eating too much before a workout, as this can increase the likelihood of stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea.
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  1. This makes such a difference! I used to run on empty all the time–just enjoyed it. When I got married, my husband absolutely HAD to eat 2 hours early, so we got up at what felt a ridiculous hour. Helped enormously, though. I PRd by 20 minutes, with a 3:15 marathon once I started sticking to the routine of eating and digesting first–go figure! : )

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