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The Best Snacks to Fuel Your Workout

Feb 2 2015 - 5:40pm

You've got to have energy to have an effective workout, so let your pre-workout snack help you push yourself to do your best. What works for you the best will depend on when you eat your snack as well as any stomach sensitivity issues you have, but a good rule of thumb is make your snack a mix of mostly carbs and a little bit of protein for exercise success. Here are a few pre-workout snack ideas that do just that!

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Apple Slices and Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip

Mix nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt with peanut butter and cinnamon to make an extra creamy dip [2] that goes well with apple slices (use one medium apple) and offers the right amount of energy for your workout.

Mango Energy Balls

You can make a batch of these mango quinoa coconut energy balls [3] well before your next workout, then freeze any extra for months. The blend of vegan ingredients offers you just the right amount of proteins and carbs to fuel you through any workout.

Protein Smoothie

An easy-to-digest protein smoothie is a great option if you need to fuel up before a workout, and this vanilla protein smoothie [4] is perfect. Slightly sweet and simple to make, you can whip this up not too long before your workout. For more smoothies, check out our healthy smoothie recipes [5] roundup.

Fruit and Oatmeal

For a long run or intense workout, you need the right fuel to keep your energy up. A small bowl of plain oatmeal (not the packaged kind), a little sweetener, and a sliced banana will keep you full and ready to go.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These peanut butter protein balls [6] are a quick fix when you need a new pre-workout snack. They are a cinch to make and chances are you already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen.

Hummus and Microgreen Toast

Topping toast simply with hummus and microgreens helps fuel your workout with carbs and protein, not to mention an extra hydration kick from the greens.

Trail Mix

Trail mix is the ultimate grab-and-go snack, but make sure you choose your trail mix wisely; store-bought mix can include too much salt, preservatives, or sugary candies to be beneficial to your goals. Try making your own with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds for the right mix to fuel your workout. Here are more tips on making healthy trail mix [7].

Yogurt and Fruit

Simple and satisfying: Greek yogurt topped with freshly sliced fruit is the perfect pre-workout snack for any time of day.

Bananas, Yogurt, and Cereal

Adding cereal to this fruit and yogurt mix will give your snack a satisfying crunch; the mix of sliced bananas and cereal will give you a much-needed carb dose for your workout.

Honey Almond Butter and Apple

Just like dessert: mix one banana, a spoonful of honey, a scoop of protein powder, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and one tablespoon of almond butter together; spread on apple slices; and enjoy. This snack will sustain you during any intense workout!

Fruit and Nut Bars

You can make a whole batch of these fruit and nut bars [8] at the beginning of the week and throw them into your gym bag as necessary. At only 150 calories, these all-natural bars will give you the energy you need and nothing else!

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