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Okay, so you’re heading to the gym soon but your stomach can’t stop growling. Should you ignore your hungry belly or have a little snack? You might want to feed your hunger and have a healthy pre-workout snack before you put your body through exercise.

Muscle building happens every minute of every day. While our body works to build strong muscles, it also needs ample fuel and rest to recover.

It might not be advised to eat a heavy, greasy meal right before you plan on burning calories, however, a healthy snack before a workout will enrich your body’s ability to burn fat, build muscle, and recover properly.

If you’re not sure what a pre-workout meal looks like, just think about some carbs to give you energy, protein to help you perform, and of course, lots of water. It is important to keep your body hydrated, especially before you exercise in order to maintain energy and prevent muscle cramps.

Pre-Workout Foods To Fuel Your Body

Listen to your body and give it the healthy food it needs to help you stay fit and active.

1. Bananas

When to consume: 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

Bananas are rich in potassium, simple carbohydrates, and natural sugars. While the carbs and sugars give you an energy boost, potassium can promote optimal nerve and muscle function, as well as help to maintain potassium levels that drop when you sweat.

2. Oatmeal

When to consume: 60 – 120 minutes before your workout.

Oatmeal is a great source of energy due to the complex carbohydrates it contains. Oatmeal is the perfect pre-workout food because it will sustain your energy to help you last longer during your workouts and satisfy your hunger. Oatmeal is also a rich source of protein and amino acids that promote muscle building.

3. Omelet

When to consume: 120 – 180 minutes before your workout.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein and amino acids that promote muscle building. Make sure you stick to consuming your omelet at least 2 hours before your workout in order to avoid muscle catabolism.

4. Turkey Leaf Wrap

When to consume: 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

Turkey is one of the leanest meats and contains a high amount of protein. The tasty meat digests easily and doesn’t cause any cramps or upset stomach when you exercise. Switch the bread out in a wrap with your favorite leaf in order to reduce your calorie intake.

5. Apples with Natural Almond Butter

When to consume: 30 minutes before your workout.

This is a go-to snack you will love to eat at any time of the day. Apples contain a small amount of fiber that satisfies your hunger and gives you a boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The almond butter will not only please your taste buds but will further kick your cravings to the curb and help you focus on your exercise instead.

6. DIY Sports Drink

When to consume: 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

If you’re worried about stocking up on electrolytes, skip the lines and artificial sugars from a store-bought sports drinks and make one at home instead. All you need is some freshly squeezed citrus fruits, a little bit of sea salt, honey, and water. Blend these ingredients together to get your carbs and electrolytes in with half the sugar and no artificial flavors.

7. Greek Yogurt

When to consume: 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

Greek yogurt is rich in proteins, low in carbs, and low in sodium. Avoid reaching for the flavored types and look for the original flavor instead. That way you can avoid the unnecessary sugars and calories and take in the essential nutrients instead.

8. Fruit and Cottage Cheese

When to consume: 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

Fruits such as blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and other essential nutrients that optimize your workout. Bananas are rich in carbs that boost energy and high in potassium that promotes nerve and muscle function. Cottage cheese is a great source of protein that is essential for building muscle, in addition to being lactose-free and low-fat.

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