What You Should and Shouldn't Eat Before a Workout

Choose a Low-Fiber Carb Instead

Carbohydrates are digested relatively quickly. They break down quickly and can be utilized as fuel for your workout. It's a great way to produce immediate energy, while leaving glycogen, or energy reserves, intact.

If you're working out within 30 to 60 minutes of eating, go for a 100-calorie snack comprised mostly of carbs.

Try one of these:

  • 1 ounce of pretzels
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 small to medium banana
  • 10 to12 whole grain crackers
  • 1 cup Cheerios 
  • 1 cup melon
  • 1 small box of raisins
  • 3/4 cups Puffins cereal
  • 1 medium to large kiwi
  • 1/2 of a medium baked potato
  • 1 medium apple or orange
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 2 medium figs
  • 1 cup vegetable soup
  • 3 tablespoons of cranberry sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon
  • 40 whole wheat goldfish crackers
  • 1 cup frozen grapes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

With a few simple nutrition adjustments, you'll feel more energetic, get more out of your workouts, and see better results from exercising. Your car can't run on inefficient fuel; don't ask your body to do it.

More: How to Fuel During and After a Workout

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