Optimise your workouts by fuelling your body with the right snacks
Whether you’re gearing up for a PT session or winding down from an intense workout, choose your snacks wisely. For pre-workout, it’s important to feel hydrated and energized but not too full, and afterwards, your meal should restore energy and rebuild muscle. Read on for TruBe’s tips and tricks.
Eating right before exercise will give your body the fuel it needs to gain muscle, burn fat, and recover quicker. Grab a snack that’s low in fat and contains a moderate level of carbs and protein, and opt for foods low in fibre for an added boost.
Peanut Butter and Apple
Up your energy levels with this quick and easy snack. Peanut butter and sliced apple is a great way to enjoy a healthy dose of carbs and protein ahead of your next workout. Simply slice 1 medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter.
Oats n’ Eggs
A hearty helping of oats n’ eggs will kick-start your metabolism and give you the energy you need to hit the ground running. Scramble two eggs and serve with half a cup of cooked oatmeal. Season with salt and pepper.
Chicken and Avocado Pasta
Need a pre-workout pick-me-up? Add some roast chicken and sliced avocado to a bowl of wholewheat pasta for a dish that is guaranteed to deliver some serious gains. Alternatively, substitute wholewheat for quinoa pasta for an extra dose of protein, iron, and fibre.
Ice Protein Fruit Blast
You can turn your protein shake into a delicious fresh smoothie. For a super-sweet protein fix that packs a punch, blend 1 scoop of whey protein powder with a glass of ice, and a handful of frozen berries.
Spruce up this classic dish by combining two beaten eggs with 1 teaspoon of water and dash of seasoning. cook with with a handful of sautéed seasonal vegetables. Eat your omelet one to two hours before exercise to unlock your body’s full muscle-building potential.
After an intense workout, post-exercise meals are an important way to restore energy and rebuild muscle.
Milk and Cereal
Cereal with skimmed milk is a simple, low-fat way to revitalize muscles post-workout. Breakfast dishes like Cheerios are rich in protein and high in carbs making them an ideal alternative to additive-laden sports drinks.
Rice Cake Sandwich
This healthy take on the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich will provide you with the right amount of carbs, protein and healthy fat needed for recovery. Spread 1 tablespoon of almond butter and strawberry jam between two rice cakes – it’s guilt-free snacking at its finest.
Whole Wheat Pita and Hummus
Pita and hummus is another great post-workout combo. Hummus provides both carbs and protein, while whole wheat pita will keep you fueled for hours, thanks to its revitalizing dose of slow-release energy.
Because it’s a lean protein, tuna is an ideal post-workout snack. Add a hearty heap of salad and some tuna to some whole grain crackers, for a dish that’s easy to make and packed full with muscle building goodness.
Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein and carbs. Try pairing your stir-fry with white rice instead of brown to replenish your muscles with glucose faster. Add a bowl of steamed vegetables for extra flavour and nutrients.