1. Apple and Peanut Butter
Apple slices and peanut butter make the perfect pre-workout snack. A combination of natural carbohydrates and protein, this snack is super tasty – and the protein in the peanut butter will help your body to build and repair muscle!
Chocolate-peanut butter apple bites
2 apples, sliced into wedges
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup granola, your favorite
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
Semisweet chocolate chips, optional
Hummus is a great source of protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. While it can be quite high in fat, the fats are mostly unsaturated and heart-healthy.
10 1/4-inch-thick slices of seeded or plain baguette
About 1/2 cup hummus
About 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and thinly sliced
Pea shoots, for garnish
Flaky sea salt, for garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil (optional), for garnish
A banana is a very popular pre-workout snack for a good reason. The potassium in the bananas helps to stop cramping, and the carbohydrates are filling, helping to fuel your workout.
Banana Chia Seed Pudding
1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or dairy milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Dash of vanilla extract
Honey, to taste (optional)
4. Protein powder
Protein powder can really help to enhance your workout. The whey power helps with fat loss, as well as helping to strengthen your muscles.
120 mL unsweetened vanilla almond milk
120 mL cup water
Dash of cinnamon
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used one packet of Tone It Up’s vegan vanilla protein powder Perfect Fit)
1 to 2 drops of liquid Stevia, optional
Eggs make a great breakfast to prepare for a morning workout. They are an excellent source of protein, as well as being filling and delicious!
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 eggs, whisked
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Spinach-Basil Pesto
Oats are filled with fiber, which will slowly release into your body while you workout, helping to maintain your energy levels.
Oats and honey granola bar
3 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
2/3 cups oat flour (see Tips & Tricks linked above) OR whole wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
7. Fruit and nuts
Fruit and nuts offer you a tasty combination of vitamins and protein, making it one of the easiest snacks to have before your workout.
Home-made trail mix
Chocolate – dark, milk or white
Superfruits – goldenberries, goji berries, blueberries, cranberries
Spices – turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon
8. Beet Juice
Beet juice has many healthy properties. It increases blood flow, and is filled with immune boosting vitamin C and fibre.
Beet and strawberry smoothie
½ cup roasted beets (see link above)
2 cups strawberries
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (homemade)
2 tablespoons raw honey
With these 8 heathy snacks and small meals your workout will be double as effective and your whole health will improve. Working out it essential to fitness and weight loss and an important part of a healthy lifestyle but it is only one half of the equation, a healthy diet is the other part which is just as important. So, combine these snacks which are good for your body and energy with your regular workout and you are on the right path to a healthy life.