No Whey, Bro! I want something else.
If you’re like me, you need and want two things before a workout:
- A pre-workout boost of energy/nutrition
- Something that doesn’t have ingredients that look like they came from either a periodic table or could be mistaken for ingredients in Walter White’s famous meth in Breaking Bad.
I try to pay as close attention to the ingredients in foods as do their overall nutritional value. With that being said, I try and stay away from protein powders and pre-workout supplements because, in my mind, they have way more than just protein or caffeine that could be toxic to the body.
Here’s a list of my top-seven all-natural workout snacks:
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Almond Butter & Banana Sandwich
If you take two slices of 7 grain bread and slap some almond butter with cut up bananas on there, it could provide you the fuel you need to get through a tiring workout. Bananas are a great source of potassium while the almond butter will give you the healthy fat and protein you need to push through. Also, who the hell doesn’t like almond butter? If they don’t, I’d love to have a chat with them.
Adding Honey to A Snack
Research has shown that foods high in fructose and glucose are far greater than foods solely containing glucose. Rather than using sports drinks that are high in glucose, try honey. Adding honey will give you equal parts fructose and glucose, and also contain high amounts of vitamins and antioxidants.
Mangos, Watermelon, Pineapples
The theme? Choose fruits that are higher in sugar than others. Aside from providing the higher sugar, you’ll reap the benefits of a great source of fiber and vitamins. Try it! You’ll love it, bro!
So, 30 minutes to an hour before your workout, make some oatmeal. I try and put some almond milk in my dry oats in order to cook it with a nice milky flavor. Put some honey in it! Put some almond butter in it! They key here, though, is this: oats are high in fiber, which means it’ll gradually release carbohydrates into the blood stream as you work out.
Egg Whites (Maybe With Some Veggies)
If you want that protein, cook up some egg whites—I like using olive oil or coconut oil. You can add some spinach, mushrooms, or some peppers; you can even add all of them! Go buck wild. Each egg white will give you about 4 grams of protein and only contains about 20 calories. The egg white is really only protein. It’s a lightweight, nicely-packed way to get protein before or after a workout.