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Snack Attack: Pre and Post Workout Snacks

People are always asking me what makes good pre- and post-workout snacks and so I am always on the lookout for them. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to see that MSNBC recently did an article on the best fuel for your workout and they are:

Before the workout:

  • A banana with yogurt.
  • A whole-wheat toasted bagel with fruit spread.
  • A quick bowl of instant oatmeal.

For a quick refuel after the workout, just


After the workout:

  • A peanut butter sandwich.
  • A small handful of walnuts or almonds.
  • A fruit smoothie with some protein powder.

Of course if you have time you can always try the eggs and toast breakfast or just a glass of chocolate milk.

Do you have any great pre- or post-workout snack ideas? Share them below!


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itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I do a banana or apple with peanut butter!
hepsmom hepsmom 9 years
Before a morning workout, I eat a FiberOne bar and ususally drink some water after eating it. The new apple streusel flavor is very tasty and would be super-good with coffee. I usually have an egg (scrambled or fried) with olive oil and a veggie sausage patty (They aren't as bad as they used to be either!). Of course, chocolate skim milk is a delicious addition.
luxington luxington 9 years
A banana and yogurt, my favorite light meal.
girlrunner girlrunner 9 years
I like granola with chocolate soy milk after a workout.
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 9 years
Great ideas! Thanks!
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I like one of these: banana 1/2 protein bar PB&J protein shake those are pretty much all the foods I can stomach before a work out.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 9 years
I exercised 2 hours every morning - in order to fuel me up, I had the following every day an hour before my actual workout. (1) PB and J Sandwich (2) 8 oz coffee After workout, I will have the following:- (3) 1 cup of cereal with half a cup of 2% milk (4) 10 oz coffee I still find myself hungry around 11:30 with that.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
If that's too much food, just do half a sandwich or whatever it is. I usually just go the easy route and have a protein shake and an apple or something. Protein powders aren't as yucky as they used to be. We get cookies and cream. Super good mixed with Chocolate soy milk!
saritabonita saritabonita 9 years
what if you usually finish exercising in the evening. isn't that too late for a peanut butter sandwich?
katie_c katie_c 9 years
what about snacks/mini-meals for post-workouts in the evening?
kia kia 9 years
So I have a question... what is the deal with yeast action? When I played soccer in college my coach noted that a few ounces of beer would be a good idea if she condoned drinking. In the last number of years I have done a few road races (including one a few weeks ago) and in our post-race area we were given salty snacks, some beer, bananas, and water. I gotta say I enjoy a little beer, some chips, and banana after a LONG run.
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