Although breakfast is widely considered to be the most important meal of the day, what you put into your body before and after your workouts can be just as important.
Nutritional needs vary from person to person and also depend on that person's particular goals and activities. The following snacks, when timed properly, will give you the balance of protein, fat and carbs you need to fuel the workout, build muscle and recovery quickly.
A pre-workout snack is one consumed about 30-60 minutes before you start sweating it up.
Have a look:
1. Perfect Yogurt Parfait
Feeling fancy, huh? Top ¼ cup nonfat yogurt with ½ cup whole grain cereal and ½ cup fresh strawberries.
2. Cha-Cha Coconut Shake
Infuse one scoop chocolate whey protein with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil. Yum!
3. Dressed-up Oats
Load up on carbohydrates for a longer workout with ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon shaved almonds.
4. Fruitsation Shake
Blend one scoop of your favorite whey protein flavour with ½ cup ice, and 1 cup frozen berries for a sweet energy boost.
5. PB Apple
For a quick carb fuel-up, slice one medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter.
6. Veggie Omelet
Add a little more colour to your diet by combining two whole eggs shaken with 1 teaspoon of water cooked with 1 cup sautéed seasonal veggies.
7. Fruit & Cottage Cheese
Top ½ cup cottage cheese — a low calorie and higher protein option — with ½ cup fresh pineapple, berries or melon. And voila!
8. Oats n’ Eggs
Not just for breakfast, try ½ cup cooked oatmeal and two whole eggs seasoned with salt and pepper.
9. Dried Fruit
For a quick pre-workout fix, try ¼ cup serving of dried berries, apricots and pineapple.
10. Star-buffs Shake
Blend 1 cup iced coffee (keep the ice) with 1 scoop chocolate whey protein.
Delicious sounding snacks!
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For more snack ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan
Source: Elite Daily
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