You may not always need a snack before a workout and sometimes a glass of water will do the trick to revive and re-energize you.
However, running on empty could sabotage your workout before you can get very far, but on the other hand, feeling too full and struggling with digestion could also impair your performance.
What we are saying is that, if you feel very hungry and tired, listen to your body and fuel it appropriately before jumping into that workout.
So what makes an effective and tasty pre-workout snack? A mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in a small serving that are extremely easy to put together.
Here are a bunch of our go-to snacks that we love to have:
Apple and almond butter. This is a classic snack that it great any time of the day but if you are famished in the morning before your workout, this combo has a mix of fructose for energy and the almond butter some protein and healthy fat.
A small fruit and protein smoothie. If you are about to embark on an endurance-type of workout (e.g. long run or bike ride), drink one to one-and-a-half cups of a smoothie that has fruit, protein, and a bit of fat. We have an awesome pre-workout smoothie recipe that will help to give you slow-release, long-lasting energy.
Coffee and protein powder. Extremely sleepy and not feeling motivated? A shot of caffeine will do the trick but you have some protein to balance out that adrenalin rush. Organic vanilla-flavored brown rice protein powder is our top choice of protein powder here at Sparkle HQ because of its clean and pure profile.
Cheese and rice crackers. If you are really not in the mood for something sweet, a few rice crackers with a small slice of cheese could help stave off hunger pangs and pick up flagging spirits with a mix of carbohydrates and protein.
A fruit and nut bar. Make sure you pick one that has only 5-6 grams of sugar and low in calories. You just need a pick-me-up and not something that will cancel out your hard work. If you don’t have that, a handful of nuts and a tablespoon of raisins could do the trick as well.
Berries and yogurt. Yet another well-loved snack but the key to this is to keep the yogurt plain (again, avoid sugary yogurt that may overload your system with unwanted empty calories) and a handful of berries for energy. And for a citrus kick with some beauty power, pop a scoop of Sparkle into your yogurt.