Skip the Shake, These Pre-Workout Snacks are Everything

Power up, up, and away.…

Woman eating a bowl of oatmeal before working out
Woman eating oatmeal before working out

Power up, up, and away.

I am definitely one of those people who would rather skip food before an intense workout. I’ve heard way too many horror stories from people who have thrown up mid-workout, and I decided early on that I wasn’t going to be one of them.

Apparently, though, we do need something before we go all out. Not eating puts us at risk for light-headedness and fatigue, you could end up passing out!

Jillian Michaels recommends that you eat about 45 minutes to an hour before working out, and that you keep it simple and small if you’re only working out for an hour or less. So what do you eat? Check out these perfect pre-workout energisers.

Smoothie

Skip the Shake, These Pre-Workout Snacks are Everything Lifesum

Smoothies are great because they a) are easy, b) have minimal clean-up, and c) are the perfect way to blend a whole load of ingredients and nutrients together without it tasting awful. This smoothie packs almond milk, banana, cinnamon, protein powder, and a whole lot of ice. Get the full recipe here.

Oatmeal

Skip the Shake, These Pre-Workout Snacks are Everything Lifesum

Will we ever get enough of oats? Short answer: No. They are one of the ultimate slow-release carbohydrates, UBER-filling, and can be ground up for flour. All that from a tiny oat! These oats are the brainchild of Lottie from Running on Veggies, and contain chia seeds for a helpful all natural protein-boost. The full recipe can be found here.

Energy balls

Skip the Shake, These Pre-Workout Snacks are Everything Lifesum

Sweet, packed full of healthful goodness, and of course, energizing – the humble energy ball can do no wrong. These balls are raw and vegan, courtesy of Katie at Love Sweat Fitness. Simply pop, 1 or two before a workout and you’re good to go. The best thing about these is that you can make tons of them at a time, and then just freeze them. Perfect! See her recipe here.

What’s your usual go-to pre-workout snack? Or are you more of a shake person? Let us know!

/Femi, The Girl Who Hates Working Out

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