Healthy Preworkout Snacks
Whether you like to workout in the early morning, at midday, or in the evening, it’s important to stay fit. For most, working out and healthy eating go hand in hand. But what do you do when you’re heading to the gym and don’t have a go-to when it comes to preworkout snacks?
For some, working out on an empty stomach can be difficult, and it might not be ideal.
Chugging some preworkout the same way you see all the fitness influencers do may sound like a good idea, but the ingredients in these types of energy boosters aren’t always good for you. Preworkout drinks can make you feel jittery, upset your digestive system, and cause headaches.
When it comes to healthy preworkout snacks, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top five go-tos.
Easy Homemade Preworkout Snacks
Peanut Butter & Fruit
The distinct taste of peanut butter with the sweetness of fruit make this combination a popular preworkout favorite — and a great way to start our list.
Peanut butter doesn’t only stick to the roof of your mouth — its energizing benefits will stick with you, too! The healthy fats, protein, and fiber in peanut butter will help fight off the in-between-meals hunger to get you ready for your workout.
Pairing peanut butter with your choice of fruit will not only help satisfy your palate, but it can also give you even more energy during your workout! Add some sweetness and crunch to your peanut butter with sliced apples, or cut up a banana for a creamy and smooth combination.
Whole Grain Toast
If you’re craving nutrient-dense preworkout snacks, whole grain toast is a great option!
Add some crunchy peanut butter, plant-based butter, or avocado to help you level up your preworkout snack and fuel those post pump gains! Or spread on some jam or bananas if you prefer the sweeter side. Honestly, the options are endless when it comes to toast!
Homemade Energy Balls
What an excellent and fun way to get the energy you need before your workout! This creation surely makes the list of healthy preworkout snacks.
If you have the time, try making your own. Gather up your healthy favorites into a food processor and blitz them together into delicious homemade energizers.
Start with a base of vitamin-rich dates or figs — they’re not only healthy; their sticky-gooey texture also keeps everything together in one delicious bite!
Now, it’s time to add ingredients. Some ingredient options to help your energy boost might include natural peanut butter, chia, or ground flax seeds for fiber. You can also add your favorite protein powder to help sustain your energy. Rolled oats, packed with protein, fiber, iron, and healthy carbs, are a great addition to your mix.
If you want to add sweetness to your energy balls, agave or maple syrup are both great options.
Plant Based Smoothie
When the blender is spinning, it usually means something good is happening! Go green and give yourself just the right boost you need before a workout. A plant based smoothie is a great way to break through the hunger without overdoing it.
Green smoothies provide all the nutrients you need to power through your workout without making you feel sleepy while your body digests. Green leafy vegetables make a great preworkout snack because they are low in sugars and calories - just be careful to avoid strong flavors.
Starting with vegetables like lettuce, kale, spinach, or any of your favorite leafy greens, is a great base. For even more protein boost, add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. If you want a thicker texture, toss in a banana or even some pumpkin puree.
Finally, whatever healthy fruits or vegetables you’re craving, chop them, add them, and blend away! Most fruits carry an abundance of vitamins and minerals and offer both sweet and tart flavors.
Premade Preworkout Snacks
Let’s face it. There are going to be days when you just don’t have the time to put together a preworkout snack. Thankfully, there are many healthy store-bought snacks that can get you ready for your workout.
A healthy, premade protein shake is a very quick and energizing option that you can find in a variety of flavors. When choosing a premade shake, keep it healthy by avoiding sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and any artificial colors or ingredients.
If drinking your snack isn’t your cup of tea (or in this case, cup of protein), you can always go with prepackaged hummus and pretzels. Hummus is a nice, lightweight snack, and it’s packed with nutrients that are easy to digest. Dipping in some pretzels can add a nice crunch and some quick carbs for energy.
Dried fruit ranks high up there as one of the best grab-and-go preworkout snacks. Fresh fruit is great, but pound for pound, dried fruit actually has more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Outstanding Post-Workout Snacks
Preworkout snacks are important, but saving some of the fun for after the workout can be even more important! A good workout usually leaves you feeling great, so why not reward your hard efforts with a post workout snack?
Knowing you are going to treat yourself to something delicious after your workout can be a big motivator! Keeping that reward healthy and satisfying can be just as tricky as finding good pre-workout snacks. But not anymore!
Now you can enjoy a prepackaged, outstanding post workout snack that has healthy ingredients and is actually good for you!
Outstanding Foods offers a variety of plant-based, crunchy, and fun flavors that will motivate you to power through that tough workout! Whether you have a craving for Chill Ranch Puffs, Chedda Cheese Balls, or Texas BBQ Pig Out Crunchies, all of these crunchy varieties provide up to 7 grams of protein per serving! Our tasty treats are also loaded with vitamins, and minerals to keep you feeling satisfied but also light and ready for your workout!
Even better: They’re gluten free, ensuring that your stink is from your workout — and not your gassy ass!
Outstanding Food snacks are easy on the stomach, easy to love — and easy to order. Browse our selection today — and rest easy knowing that your body (and your stomach) are going to look forward to your next post workout reward.