Knowing what workouts to do and how to do them properly is essential to getting in shape and staying in shape, but it’s important not to overlook what comes before. Eating correctly will only enhance your workout. Food is fuel and you want to put in the premium so your body can perform to its full potential. But before we get to what you should eat, we should probably answer when you should eat. Most recommend working out two to three hours after your meal. This ensures that you’re not too hungry, but also that you won’t upset your stomach by moving too much while working out. Here are some simple-to-make power meals that will be sure to give you enough energy to maximize you workout.
1. Veggie Omelette
Sometimes eggs (entire eggs) are a little misunderstood but there is no better source for useful proteins than eggs. You can add an extra punch and more vitamins and health benefits by adding vegetables such as mushrooms, peppers, onions to two whole eggs.
2. Grilled Chicken with sweet potatoes and broccoli
This is easily the most fundamentally workout beneficial meal you will ever have. It’s a staple in fitness and there’s a great reason why. The lean grilled chicken (6 oz is optimal serving size) is basically the best source of proteins you’ll get and it’s quite delicious too. Sweet potatoes are a great source of quality carbs and brocoli just filled with fun vitamins and minerals.
If you’re feeling a little famished, then it is highly advised to have a snack an hour before working out. Here are some great snack suggestions
1. A banana
There’s a good reason why you can see star athletes like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova downing bananas during breaks between play. Pretty simple, not much to talk about when talking about a banana. It’s yellow, it’s very easy to digest, portable, requires no utensils and a great source of carbs for endurance sport athletes.
2. Banana Almond Butter Toast
If you’re looking for something a little more than just a banana, then banana almond butter toast is a wonderful way to get some energy before you workout. It can also double as a quick breakfast if you’re short on time. Almond butter contains healthy fats and are a good source of protein. Get a piece of toast, spread some almond butter on it and slice some bananas up for a great pre-workout snack.
1. Hummus and Pita Bread
Hummus, generally made from chickpeas, is a delicious source of both carbs and proteins. When choosing pita bread, try to go for the whole wheat variety. This perfect combination is a great way to restore some of your energy.
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