Workouts are hard and all that physical exercise will definitely make you hungry. However, in order to make sure that all that effort was not in vain, you have to be very careful about what you eat. I know that your body craves sugar or foods that have a lot of fats, but you have to keep away from them. You are allowed however to eat some foods that are low in calories and which will fuel your energy and make you start your workout with a lot more energy than usual or will quench your hunger. Here are some of them:
- Whole wheat toast with bananas
Working out requires a lot of energy, which is why you should stock up on carbs. This is an example of a great meal before going to the gym. Fruits, especially bananas, contain a lot of potassium and give you a ton of energy for the workout. The whole wheat toast also contains a lot of carbs and will give you plenty of energy to finish an entire workout. On top of this, it is also delicious!
- Vegetable Omelet
After you finished the workout, your muscles are hurt and your whole body is in pain. You need a dish that will help your muscles grow back again and give you enough energy for the rest of the day. An omelet with vegetables topped with avocado and cooked with olive oil will do all of these for you. The avocado will help your body absorb monosaturated fats on the one hand, as well as the vitamins that the vegetables contain such as vitamins A, D, K, E and more. The vegetables give you enough energy to recover and they are also tasty!
Smoothies are every fitness junkie’s best friend. They are easy to make, very healthy, they have a ton of energy and you can create all sorts of mixes without having to research for complicated recipes online. Smoothies are made by mixing various fruits in a blender. It is recommended you also use Greek yogurt and some granola in the mix in order to give the entire mix a thicker consistency.
You can drink the smoothies before or after the workout, as they give you plenty of energy and they are easy to prepare. You can carry them everywhere and you can get creative with it, you are not stuck with one recipe.
- Salmon and potatoes
Salmon is fish, which means that it contains a lot of protein. On top of that, however, it also contains bioactive peptides which help with the inflammation of the muscles and with joint pain. The potatoes (which are boiled or grilled, NOT fried!) contain a lot of carbs which once again help you recover after an intense workout. Potatoes also restore your glycogen levels, which will need to be replenished after working out.
- Oatmeal and fruit
Oatmeal is a great dish to eat before working out because it does not release all the sugar in the bloodstream at once, but gradually. This is great for long workouts because you will not feel drained of energy at once. You will be able to continue working out because of the oatmeal sugar. The fresh fruits are great because they are mostly liquid and this will keep you hydrated before a workout.
- Apple and almond butter
The apple, like most fruits, contains a lot of healthy sugar which, when released into the bloodstream, will make you feel more energized. Instead of going to candy for the energy, choose an apple instead. Add a bit of almond butter on the apple slices to stop your stomach from grumbling during the workout and you are all set!
- Chocolate milk
Although you would never have believed it, there are studies that show that chocolate milk is one of the best after workout snacks you can get. It has all the necessary elements to help your body recover after working out: it is a liquid, which means that it will replace all the fluids you lost after the workout, it contains protein to help your muscles recover after the harsh workout and it is tasty! What more could you ask after a harsh session of working out?