Not everyone enjoys having the same old shake before their workout, and not everyone can stomach that shake at any time in the day. We’ve compiled our favourite pre-workout meals that don’t sacrifice flavour and will keep you running - no matter what time of the day it is.
The Breakfast Workout
Whole Grain Toast with Eggs - Mix two great breakfast items to make your own, healthier version of a breakfast sandwich from McDonald’s. Add cheese, tomato, and low sodium cold cuts to add a little extra protein and Vitamin C to this dish.
Oatmeal - You can’t go wrong with oatmeal. The slow burning fuel will keep you running for your entire workout. Add fruit for an extra kick and to keep your fluids up!
Greek Yogurt with Granola - Yogurt is easy on the stomach, for those who struggle to eat breakfast early in the morning. Nuts and seeds from granola provide healthy sugars that keep your motor running all morning long.
The Lunch Workout
Smoothie - Opt for a smoothie if you prefer a lighter pre-workout meal. The best part about smoothies is that you can hide all sorts of healthy things within sweet and fresh tasting fruits. Find a smoothie that works for you - we suggest starting with fruit, greek yogurt, and granola for a kicker combination.
Whole Grain Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Bananas - Add a protein punch to your pre-workout with the tasty peanut butter and banana combo. Having this sandwich on whole grain bread is an added healthy option.
Salad with Veggies and Egg - Try adding spinach and egg into your salad mix for an extra boost of iron and protein! Veggies can add all sorts of valuable nutrients to help keep energy levels up without feeling bloated.
The Dinner Workout
Chicken and Pasta - Pack a punch with a light dinner of chicken and pasta. Adding carbs is a great way to keep you running, especially if you work out later in the day. Keep the amount of chicken to the size of your palm to avoid overeating.
Beef and Squash - Having a limited amount of roast beef and butternut squash can be a great pre-workout meal. Be careful to limit your intake so you don’t get bloated and feel too heavy to work out!
Chicken Hash - Combine diced chicken, squash, and apple to create a delicious meal that can be put in whole grain wrap, on a pita, or in a sandwich for variety. Add in extra veggies to change it up!
The Snack Workout
Pita and Hummus - This snack features quick-to-digest carbs in a small, tasty package that will give you an extra bounce in your step.
Almond Butter and Rice Cake (with optional Jam) - A twist on the classic PB & J, rice cakes are a lighter option and almond butter is arguably healthier than its sweeter cousin.
Apple and Cheese (with optional peanut butter) - A great way to inject some healthy sugars into your diet (with bonus calcium or protein), this is a great snack that you can take on the go.