It’s important to eat and be well fuelled before your workout. This doesn’t mean you need to stuff in a huge meal five minutes before you’re about to hit the gym. Instead, consume light meals or snacks which contain carbohydrates and protein to help keep your energy levels high throughout your session.
As well as improving workout performance and helping you to exercise for longer or at a higher intensity, it can also stop you feeling sluggish or lightheaded when performing your exercises.
Here are some quick and easy pre-workout snacks to keep you powering through your next training session.
Quick and super simple to make, chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. You can make these yourself by sprinkling a layer of chickpeas on a lined baking tray with spices like cumin, salt and paprika, and baking for an hour at 150°C fan-forced.
Protein balls are seriously simple to make - and they taste delicious! These Happy Hormones Protein Balls are a great snack at any time of day and they’re perfect for a protein boost before you hit the gym.
Dates with Nut Butter
This flavourful snack is an instant antidote if you have a sweet tooth! Simply cut open your dates, remove the pits, and add a teaspoon of your favourite nut butter. It’s an ideal protein chomp that takes less than 5 minutes to make!
It is one of the most healthy and perfect snacks, so nothing needs to be said for avo on toast. Mash about 1/3 of a ripe avocado and slather over a piece of whole-grain bread. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on it, and you are good to go. If you’re feeling creative, try this Sweet Potato and Carrot Avocado Toast recipe.
Smoothies make an ideal snack before you exercise - they’re endlessly customizable, great for on the go, and will give you a boost without making you feel overly full. Packed with goodness and ridiculously tasty, these smoothie recipes will help keep you energised and satisfied any time of the day.
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