The aim is to get a kick energy in the form of simple carbos and a delayed, prolonged and long acting energy as energy bunk in shape of complex carbs from fiber and cereals along with mild quantity of protein
Before : Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana and Cinnamon When it comes to gearing up for workout, carbs are your for gyming.. The key is to have a mixed bag of complex and simple ones so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both types of carbs with the bonus of being super easy to digest. Complex carbs will keep your motor humming, while the fruit adds an extra kick of energy. For those training for a race, bananas are perfect in raising potassium levels, which drop when you sweat a lot. For an added bonus, add a dash of cinnamon. The spice has been linked to stabilizing blood sugar and improving brain function. Before: Greek Yogurt and Trail Mix Getting ready for a long run? Eat some yogurt first. It's easy on your stomach . Just make sure to choose a mix that is mostly nut and dried fruit based with as little fillers as possible. (Yes, sadly we're talking about those little chocolates!) The healthy sugars from dried fruit provide that quick energy boost while seeds and nuts will keep insulin levels from dropping mid-workout. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way. Seeds and nuts are high in fat, which means they take longer to digest Before: Apple Wedges with Almond Butter If it comes down to picking out of the candy dish or an apple for some pre-workout sugar, go for the apple. You'll avoid a sugar crash mid-lunge while stocking up on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To keep your stomach from growling, spread a tablespoon of almond butter on your slices. It squashes hunger and amps energy levels up. Before: Smoothies Need a snack on-the-go on your way to the gym? Stick with a smoothie. For a foolproof formula, use your favorite sliced fruit, a cup of yogurt and some granola for a thicker consistency. If you're picking one up, check the label to make sure it's made from whey or milk-based proteins. And no need to go overboard — 10 to 20 grams of protein before exercising is plenty. Before: Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit Oatmeal is the workout buddy you never have to nag to exercise. It sticks with you throughout your workout by gradually releasing sugar into your bloodstream. Adding fruit to your bowl will help increase the fluid content of your pre-workout snack, keeping you hydrated.