In this blog, we will discuss what to eat before a workout. As well as suggest some of the most ideal foods and why they are helpful to consume before exercising. We will also discuss why certain foods are more effective than others for different fitness goals – so you can design the perfect pre-workout meal for you.
Why Nutritious Food Is Important To Eat Before a Workout?
Just like our cars, our bodies need the right fuel to function and perform properly. Eating nutritionally dense foods before exercising will provide our muscles with enough energy and strength needed to perform to the best of our ability. Resulting in a more effective workout and ultimately allowing us to reach our fitness goals faster. Whether it be losing weight or gaining muscle.
Now you may be asking, “What food is best to eat before a workout then?”. Well, you don’t necessarily have to always eat a meal. You can have something like lemon infused water, which is very detoxing and hydrating for the body! Or, you can even blend/juice up your own smoothie with our juicers and blenders! Making a smoothie provides you with a great opportunity to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Which is ideal before your workout because fruits give off immediate energy in the form of fructose and do not get stored (into glycogens).
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Well actually, another great source of energy is from the sun and air. We greatly underestimate the power of the sun and air, but when we look around, everything that exists is fueled by these two energy sources. Think about it, have you ever been outside on a hot summery day and forget to even eat, or you just feel so happy and energetic? If you get the chance to exercise outdoors, go for it!
Not only is it much cheaper than paying to enter an indoor gym. But you won’t always be stuck asking your self “What to eat before a workout?” Unfortunately, in our modern world, we forget to go outside and most of our time is spent indoors, even during exercise. Next time you would normally go to the gym, try and experiment by exercising outside and see how you feel.
High in protein smoothie recipe
Here is an awesome smoothie recipe you can try next time you workout. It will make you feel clean and alive!
- 3 medium to large bananas
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter or an handful of soaked almonds (very high in protein)
- 2 spoonfuls of hemp or vegan protein powder
- ½ cup almond milk, (depending on your desired consistency)
- Any extra fruits of your choice (for additional taste)
Health benefits of this recipe:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Omega 3
So I Can’t Eat Before My Workout?
Of course you can, there is nothing wrong with eating food as long as you keep your meal very light and preferably raw (not cooked). The reason is that raw foods are very easily digested by our bodies as a pose to a cooked fatty meal. So, instead of our stomachs using up all of our energy to break down food, our muscles can use up as much of the energy as possible.
Now, you may have never had a raw meal before, or you may be a bit sceptical, but don’t worry! There are so many raw food recipes that are delicious and super easy and quick to make! Here is a video that has a bunch of raw recipes for pre and post workout meals. Remember, if the largest and strongest animals like gorillas (who are closely related to us) can live off fruits and vegetables, we can too!
What if I want some cooked food?
Cooking food is not a problem what so ever, but if you do decide to cook a meal before your workout, try to keep these 3 things in mind:
- Plant-based foods are statistically better for weight loss and in general, better fuel for athletes. To learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet read our previous blog post where we discuss this topic in more detail.
- Foods high in fat like meat, fish, oils, and cheese take the longest to digest and use up the most energy.
- Leave some more time for digestion before your workout if you decide to cook food (around 1 hour).
There are however some exceptions for fatty foods. For example foods like avocados, nuts and seeds contain good fat (HDL). These types of foods are great for the body and it would be a good idea to incorporate these types of foods into your diet (especially after workouts). Remember, too much of anything is not good. So make sure to eat in moderation even on a “light-weight” plant-based diet.
Here are some nutritious high in protein foods that you can combine to make your own meal out of:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Brown rice
- Whole-grain bread
- Nuts and seeds
When Should I Eat Before My Workout?
If you are eating dense fatty foods, which takes a lot of time and energy to digest before your workout, then this is an important question to consider. As you have to estimate how long your body will be busy breaking down your food. Most people usually leave at least 2 to 3 hours before their workout. On the other hand, if you eat low-fat high-carb foods, such as fruits and vegetables before exercising then you don’t have to worry about this at all. You will save yourself a lot of time on the preparation of your meal – plus you won’t need to plan as much, win-win!
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