We all need to exercise as much as possible if we want to be fit and healthy. Nowadays, more and more people are seeing the value of incorporating different types of workout to their day but there is still something missing. If you want to get the most out of your training, you will need to consider your pre- and post-workout snacks to give you the energy you will need and to speed up the healing properties afterwards. So which snacks should you try for your next training? Here are some nutritionist approved pre- and post-workout snacks to try.

Pre-Workout Snacks

Protein

It is important that you add a bit of protein to your snack before you exercise especially when you will be lifting heavy weights. Our muscles experience micro tearing during weight lifting and it is these tears that protein will fix so that they will become stronger. Slice of turkey, Greek yogurt, nuts, and hardboiled egg are just a few sources of protein.

Water

Make sure that you are hydrated even before you head to the gym. A good indicator that you are well hydrated is when your urine is lemon colored. You can decide how many cups of water to drink hours before you workout but make sure that you do have a glass 10 to 20 minutes before you start your training. This will prevent dehydration from occurring once you start sweating.

Carbohydrates

Before you start your workout, you will need to refuel your body with carbohydrates. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, they will be broken down into glucose which will then enter your muscle cells which gives them the energy to perform better during training. Without it, you’ll feel tired easily.

Post-Workout Snacks

Protein bars

Your energy levels are depleted after training hard which is why  you need to give yourself a good dose of protein. Protein bars are one of the best snacks to have after you exercise as they are easy on the stomach but filling. You can opt for pre-made protein bars or you can make your own so that you will have complete control over the ingredients for your snack.

Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and berries

If you are looking for a light snack that will speed up your healing process then you should go for yogurt, peanut butter, and berries. This combination can help boost your energy levels while enhancing your post-workout recovery.

Smoothies

Another post-workout snack that will help you recover after your training is smoothies. Smoothies are made up of fruits, vegetables, milk, and other ingredients that can revive you quickly. The best thing about smoothies is that it makes taking nutrients easier. 

These are just a few suggestions on how you can get the most out of your training with the right kinds of snack for before and after. Just make sure that you consider your needs and your preferences too when choosing the snacks for your training.

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