Eat Smart

Fuel Your Workout!

by Lindsay Barton, blogger

After a long day of classes, hitting the gym is the perfect way to clear your mind and catch a second wind. Enjoying a small snack before exercising will provide the energy needed for your workout. Read ahead to see what’s best to eat before stepping on the treadmill.

Try a few sticks of celery with peanut butter. This low-calorie treat is packed with vitamin A and fiber. Peanut butter is also an excellent source of protein. This snack is a great source of slow-release energy for an effective workout. More pre-workout fuel can be found in an apple paired with almonds. In addition to being low in sugar, an apple contains pectin fiber that slows the entrance of sugar into the bloodstream. Add a handful of almonds, a terrific source of protein and heart-healthy fats that will stave off hunger.

If you’re not into nuts, try berries instead! Berries, especially blueberries, are full of antioxidants and fiber. Mix a bowl of berries with a piece of string cheese for a pre-workout snack high in calcium.

Yet another great option is oatmeal. Carbohydrates from a one-cup serving are released into the bloodstream gradually, providing a sustained source of energy during your workout. Oatmeal contains energizing B-vitamins, which allow carbohydrates to turn into energy.

Before your next workout, skip the vending machine and seek out more nutritious alternatives. Grab a bag of trail mix and you’re good to go! Your body will appreciate the better fuel and you’ll reap the benefits of a fantastic workout!