Have you ever been half-way through your workout and felt exhausted, dizzy or light-headed? A common culprit is an empty stomach. Your body needs energy to get it through that gym session, and depriving it of calories before you hit the treadmill or weights isn’t doing you any favors.
Try these simple snacks for a pre-workout meal:
One slice of whole wheat bread with 1 Tbsp peanut butter and 1/2 banana
The complex carbohydrates in the whole grain bread will release a slow steady stream of energy, while the natural sugars from the fruit will give you that quick energy lift you need to give your workout your all. The peanut butter contains healthy fat that will stave off hunger pains for hours.
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a dash of healthy granola
Yogurt is easy on your stomach, packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin D, and the granola will give both complex carbs and simple sugars for energy.
Oatmeal with fresh fruit and chia seeds
Oats are known for their slow digesting fiber and satiety benefits. Chia seeds are rich in healthy fats and are becoming famous for staving off hunger as well. The fresh fruit will complete your meal with vitamins and yummy sweetness. Just keep the portions small and your whole body will be happy throughout your entire workout.