Recipes for Athletes: 8 Pre-Workout Ways to Fuel With Bananas

All endurance athletes can likely agree on one thing: Bananas provide an ideal pre-race or pre-workout snack because they're portable, convenient and a natural source of carbs and potassium. A study published in 2012 confirmed the efficacy of fueling with bananas before and during a 75K cycling time trial. Study authors wrote: "Ingestion of bananas before and during prolonged and intensive exercise is an effective strategy, both in terms of fuel substrate utilization and cost, for supporting performance."

If you're looking for ways to enjoy a pre-workout banana that are more interesting than au natural, try one or all of these six-ingredient-or-less recipes, which offer quick, satisfying ways to boost your performance.

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