Healthy Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

20160124_110833I was asked to write a post about healthy foods to eat pre- and post-workout and I realized… I have no idea! I always get my workout over with before breakfast, so I generally just eat my first meal of the day within 15 minutes of working out. My breakfasts as of late have been protein and fat heavy and low on carbs, so on days I feel like I might need a bit of extra energy to burn, I’ll chow down on an apple with my morning cup o’ joe, but usually I work out on just coffee with cashew milk and some water, then follow it up with a breakfast of chicken sausage and eggs. The exception to this rule for me personally is running. When I run the only thing I can really eat beforehand is a small piece of fruit: preferably a banana. If I eat much more than that it just upsets my stomach.

If you find you need a snack or meal before getting your sweat on, try some of these healthy snacks:

  • Steel cut oats with dried fruit and nuts
  • An apple with 2 tbsp nut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Baked sweet potato and an egg
  • Veggie omelet
  • Date Coconut Bites
Comparison shot!
Comparison shot!

A general rule of thumb is to make sure you eat both carbs and protein after a workout. Here are some examples of healthy, low calorie post-workout snacks:

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Do you have a favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Tell everyone in the comments!

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