Hi there friends,
How is your week going so far? I love the hint of sunlight streaming in my bedroom window now when I wake up. It really feels like Spring is here. It’s still a tad chilly here in NY, but no complaints. Winter is over! Yay!!!
Being a trainer, I’m responsible for creating healthy bodies and healthy habits. In order to do that I sit down with my clients and they tell me everything about their lives, and I mean Everything! Sheesh, sometimes I can’t believe the things they share with me.
But, I also get a lot of questions, and one of the most common questions I get is, “What should I eat before working out?”
It’s a complicated question really with a lot of different opinions. It’s one of those things that can be incredibly complicated or incredibly simple.
I advise clients first, to eat whatever they choose to eat two hours prior to exercising. If you don’t eat at all, you risk a blood sugar crash and you could feel faint. You definitely won’t perform your best. If you eat too close to working out, you could feel nauseous. Your body is working to digest the food in your stomach, so when you ask your energy to be used elsewhere, your body doesn’t want to do it.
So, simple answer: Eat something, not too close or too far from working out.
Now, I would get a bit more specific and say, eat something healthy and light with a good mix of carbs and protein. Something easy to digest with not too much fiber or fat is also what I like to recommend to my clients. Fiber and fat take more work for your body to break down, so you could find yourself cramping on an intense run, for example.
These bites are a great pre workout snack. I created them so I would have something healthy, nutrient-dense and a snack that wouldn’t feel like it was sitting heavy in my stomach during a tough workout.
And they’re not delegated to workouts alone. They’re yummy enough to eat as a healthy treat any time 😉
Pre Workout Cookie Dough Bites
vegan, gluten-free, grain-free
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1 tsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp smooth almond butter
1 pinch salt
3 tbsp chocolate chips
In a small bowl combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. If mixture is too dry, add milk of choice one teaspoon at a time. When thoroughly combined, mix in chocolate chips. Roll into 5 balls. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
What do you like to eat before working out?
How are you celebrating Spring finally arriving? I definitely find myself spending more time outdoors.
With so much love,