Need an energy boost before you hit the gym? Here’s what you should eat before a workout if you need a little extra grunt.
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Las Vegas-based nutritionist Andy Bellatti explains:
Before a workout, you want to snack on high-quality carbohydrates that will provide steady energy (think an apple, a banana, oatmeal) as well as some lean protein (protein sources that are also high in fat are not a good idea pre-workout because they will bog you down; if you are vegetarian or vegan, skip the nuts and instead opt for edamame or a smoothie made with a plant-based protein powder) about 1 hour before you begin your workout.
While you might want to reach for a small meal, some cereal, or some kind of crappy processed food, you shouldn’t. Keep quality carbohydrates and sources of protein around so you can grab a quick snack when you need one. That way you’ll be ready to exercise and won’t get too hungry afterwards.