What to Eat and Drink Before a Workout

Sometimes the hardest part of a workout is just getting the motivation and energy to get started. Eating the right foods and drinking water before and after a workout can help you with both.

Eating before a workout
Should you eat before a workout? Research finds that the body burns the same amount of fat when you do. The right foods can give you energy and sustainability. You are also less likely to lose muscle mass and your workout will be even more effective.

Eat 1-2 hours before a workout and keep it under 500 calories. The list below provides some great options for your pre-workout snack:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Almonds
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit
  • Drink water before, during and after your workout

Eating after a workout
Your body needs nutrients to recover from a workout, so it’s a great idea to consume proteins and healthy carbs about 20 minutes to an hour after your workout.

Choose from this list for your post-workout reenergizing meal:

  • Salmon
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey
  • Beans
  • Puremark™ Naturals Vegan Protein
  • Veggie omelet
  • Protein bar
  • Chocolate milk
  • And again, don’t forget to drink water

There are many essential foods to choose from for before and after a workout. The key is to be consistent, don’t overdo it and take cues from your body. You’ll be on your way to having more energy before and after your workout in no time!

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.