Snacks can be a big problem for anyone wanting to commit to a healthy lifestyle. We know that the greatest fitness gurus out there are fans of snacking, but when we try it, it usually ends with an empty bag of Doritos and heart full of regret! The truth is that most of the snacks we love are terrible for us and are likely addicting at the same time.
It’s important to learn how to time your snacks because your body is in a constant state of recovery. Snacks you eat before your workout should be different than the snacks you consume after. Also, you don’t want to eat too close to your workout to avoid cramps and give the nutrients a chance to kick in and start benefiting your body. I make it a goal to never go into a workout hungry, because I know I’ll make less progress and be more tempted to reach for the junk food afterward.
For your pre-workout snacks, you want something that’s going to boost your energy and get you feeling good. Just make sure you grab your snack 45-60 minutes before your workout.
I’m willing to bet that most people think of a yogurt parfait first when thinking of a healthy snack. They’re iconic, delicious, and simple to make!
Oranges are a pain to peel, but if you prep them in the morning, you’ll have a great snack waiting for you before your workout.
Oatmeal is a great snack to help you manage your hunger throughout the day or as a quick breakfast if you work out in the morning. Just make sure you aren’t tempted to buy pre-made oatmeal packets that typically contain a lot of sugar.
Okay, no more messing around with this simple stuff, this one is serious… and seriously GOOD! If you’re an avocado fan like me, you’re always looking for a way to incorporate it into all of your meals. Now you can incorporate it into your snacks too! Just make sure to use whole wheat bread.
Your post-workout snacks should be your best recovery foods. What you choose to eat after your workout will depend on whether you work out in the morning or at night. If you’re working out at night you should focus on something lighter. When eating after a workout, you’ll want to hit proteins and carbs to rebuild muscle and recover. Keep in mind that your body rebuilds glycogen and protein better immediately after eating, so you should try to eat your snack as soon as possible.
This is a classic post-workout snack and the best part is, it’s pretty much delicious no matter what way you decide to prepare it. Who knows, maybe you could even throw some avocado on top!
Tuna is another great thing to eat if you’re looking for a snack-meal hybrid. You’ll never really feel like you’re eating too much of it. Try it with some whole wheat bread.
Okay, now here’s a great option for you late night fitness people to get in some protein and carbs before bed. Try it with some almonds and bananas to make it extra delicious!
Above all else, make sure you get enough water and sleep after your workout to be prepared for the next day. Snacks are great, but staying hydrated is essential!
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