Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/14/2014 -- One of the most important components of a workout is the before and after meal. Without nutritional support, the body cannot function at peak performance capacity and we won’t get the maximum fitness results we’re looking for. When thinking about fueling up before a workout, there are several things to keep in mind nutritionally that will form the basics of a good pre-workout meal plan.
A pre-workout meal or snack should include lean protein, a little heart healthy fat, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. These will supply a steady stream of energy to keep the body fueled during the workout, and actually help the body burn more fat in the long run. Grains that should be consumed include oatmeal, whole grain bread, sweet potatoes and brown rice; these provide plenty of energy for a workout of any type.
Consuming protein during a pre-workout meal will help build muscle and keep the body feeling fuller longer so we don’t become hungry in the midst of our run or the middle of a class. By adding a heart healthy fat, we’re also getting some flavor in the meal without weighing it down which could lead to a sleepy, too-full sensation.
Some good pre-workout meals to consider include oatmeal, steel cut or regular, made with 1 cup of low-fat milk and a scoop of chocolate protein powder. This will give the carbohydrates a protein balance, and if one adds a banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon it will give the oats some savory flavor while fueling the body.
Another option for pre-workout meals include smoothies, shakes, or wraps. A whole-grain tortilla smothered with a little bit of nut butter, some chocolate, and topped with strawberries is sure to pick up the mind and give the body some energy. Or try a green tea smoothie by mixing almond or rice milk with water, protein powder, and a scoop of green tea powder for an energizing and heart healthy pick-up.
Remember that foods should be consumed 60-90 minutes prior to activity, but if in a rush, the shake is a good option for a pre-workout snack 30 minutes before a workout.
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