Are you a morning runner? Mid-day? Post work? Night?
Whenever you can fit it in?
Regardless of WHEN you run, you want to make the most out of it, which means you want your body to have exactly the right kind of fuel. Think about this analogy: when your bike has little air in its tires, it’s not going to move as fast or efficiently, and you inevitably won’t get as far in the same amount of time.
The same analogy applies to your workouts. Head out the door on ‘empty’, or with the ‘wrong’ pre-workout fuel and you will likely be miserable, and get much less out of your time (and thus results).
So WHAT should you eat before your run or workout?
As much as I love tips on how to make a healthy snack, the reality is that many of us don’t have the time to make all of our snacks and portion them out in advance on a weekly or daily basis. I’m not suggesting you stop cooking at home — and of course I love the idea of homemade anything — but it is possible to find healthy quick snacks from your local supermarket.
Re-define what is fast food!
Heck, it is 2015 people, think about what we can do! It is not the old farm days, there are some pretty top quality snacks you can have handy to simply grab’n’go!
Here are my top picks for pre and post workouts.
NUT Butter: Try Nut Butter-sicles. Your choice of nut butter just got better and so easy. Simply freeze 1/4 cup of your choice of nut better with 3/4 cup of your favorite type of milk. Stir in a little mashed banana to make it a NutButter-Banana-Sicle. My Pick: you may have noticed a theme, but I like the individual packets nut butter now comes in – no prep whatsoever, and pair with a banana and good to go.
Nuts (Not Trail Mix)
A half-cup of mixed nuts is packed with fiber and protein. This makes it the ideal grab-and-go snack. You may want to opt for unsalted nuts to avoid the extra sodium. My Pick: I’m actually am often too lazy to portion some out into a baggy so I love their on-the-go single serve packs!
But seriously it takes less than 30 seconds to throw some in a baggie.
Plain Greek Yogurt
That’s right, mix it with some delicious fresh fruit and it contains less than half the amount of sugar you’ll find in flavored yogurts and twice the amount of fiber. One major benefit, Greek yogurt is packed with protein, and probiotics to aid your digestive system – making it a great superfood snack!
I love bars!! However you have to be careful, because a bar can be the best thing you put in your body, or no different than a junky candy bar. I feel like I’ve tried them all, but the one I recommend to almost everyone is LARABAR. Not only is it one of the best tasting (my favorite is banana bread), but they are all natural, healthy, gluten free and made with minimal pure ingredients!
Oh and I keep them everywhere from my pantry, to my gym bag, to my car and desk drawers. I can’t tell you how many times it’s saved my workout (or a binge at the vending machine).
What if you don’t have access to these awesome bars? Surprisingly good is a boiled sweet potato and a hard boiled egg and provides excellent energy fuel!
What’s your favorite no-prep, good energy snack?
Note: Consideration was provided by LARABAR
At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat – and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.