Okay, we know that breakfast is king. Breakfast is fundamental, and indeed for many it’s the most important meal of the day. But we’d also argue that just as important is your choice of pre and post-workout food. Get this wrong, and your workout and recovery could be fucked. Even worse, you might find yourself getting hungry during the workout. And because you haven’t thought through your snacks too well, you might end up dipping into the vendor and pulling out a bag of crisps. Naught, naughty.
Obviously, peoples’ nutritional requirements are all different, and so to accommodate everyone, we’ve created a list of some top pre and post-workout snacks that come with the right combo of carbs, protein and snacks.
If you load up on carbs, you’ll be able to work out for longer. We recommend incorporating half a cup of cooked steel-cut oats into your breakfast, alongside a tablespoon of dried fruit.
Peanut Butter Apple
Peanut butter is a cornerstone of the traditional American breakfast, but who not coat an apple in the stuff? This will give you an instant carb fuel-up that will get you in the right mood for a good work out.
According to Greatest Expert, Jessica Redmond, a combination of apricots, dried berries and pineapples is a winning combination.
Oats and Eggs
The great thing about this snack is that it’s damn tasty and can be eaten at any time. Season with salt and pepper. Yum.
Chunky Monkey Shake
Treat yourself to a medium banana, a single tablespoon of PB, and a cup of low-fat chocolate milk. Gorgeous.
This is a goddamned classic and we will always love it. Take a sliced banana and cup of low fat milk – and that’s it!
This one is ridiculously easy because all you gotta do is walk into a store and buy one! Yet its effects are great. Our only bit of sage advice is that you keep a look out for the sugar content, avoid ingredients you’ve never heard of and choose a bar that comes with around 20 grams of protein.
Beef and Squash
Here in the office, we’re all salivating over this one. Beef and squash = yum fucking yum!
It’s an incredibly hearty snack after a fulfilling workout, and after all those squats and deadlifts, you fucking deserve it, man.