Not too much but just enough
Preworkout snack that I’m loving!
I know we’ve all heard the crazy myths that working out on an empty stomach helps burn more fat. Trying to hold back eye rolling, I know. It’s the furthest thing from the truth but yet we all have done it. I get it, no one like working out when you’re feeling full and bloated but – your body needs a bit of something to get you through that workout.
I used to struggle with over eating before a workout. I just wanted to eat as many carbs as possible so I felt strong and powerful during the entire hour or so of lifting. However, I constantly felt sluggish, tired, and exactly the opposite of what I was going for. I’ve also tried not eating before a workout and I felt just as terrible if not worse.
Let me assure you, there can be a happy medium with the right foods!
Bananas + Peanut Butter
I love bananas and no, not because it rhymes with Hanna hehe. These guys may be last on your list and often get categorized as ‘straight carbs,’ bananas are packed with potassium and dietary fiber. I eat a banana every morning and before every workout. Having a little over one hundred calories and roughly 3 grams of fiber, bananas are my go to for feeling full and energized!
Add some peanut butter, or any nut butter, and your banana just got a whole lot better! I typically only use 1 tbsp. of peanut butter with my preworkout banana mainly because I don’t need the extra fat and calories. (I’m usually lifting at night, I have another meal to eat afterwards, so I try to cool it on the butta.) With healthy fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, peanut butter is packed with vital nutrients that are key for lasting energy!
I love making a banana sandwich – theres super easy for those on the go moments. A little fun fact: I heat my peanut butter because 1 its easier to spread and 2 it makes it seems like theres more! I also love to top my banana with chia seeds for extra fiber and protein!
If you have a bit more time, plain rice cakes are also great to dress up! Since the day I started working out, rice cakes have been my best friend. I used to eat these before workouts, after workouts, for dessert, for breakfast – everything!
I again only use 1 tsp. of butter and roughly a whole banana here. It’s hard to fit it all on there so you might have to just eat the last bit! Either way, these are one of my favorite preworkout snacks and seem to always leave me full, without being bloated.