“SHOULD I eat before class, and WHAT should I eat (or not)?”
This is a question I get a LOT from our students, and there’s no quick & simple “one-size-fits-all” kind of answer. IT DEPENDS! It depends on your lifestyle, the time of day and you! But let me give you some simple ideas to point you in the right direction.
We all want to get the most out of our workout – to train harder, jump higher, but we sometimes forget to fuel our body BEFORE we workout. So what to eat before a workout? Here are some simple ideas.
There are certain best foods to eat before working out that will help our bodies prepare, and which can maximise your efforts in class. While we all have different nutritional requirements, these known foods – which are the perfect balance of fats, carbs, and protein – can fuel your body, stave off hunger, fight fatigue, and even aid recovery.
Known as nature’s power bar, bananas are packed with carbohydrates and potassium, which supports nerve and muscle function. Carbs are fuel for our body and brain.
Because they are full of fibre, oats release carbohydrates gradually. Due to this slow release, energy levels are kept consistent throughout your workout, meaning you can train harder for longer. They also contain Vitamin B, which helps convert carbohydrates into energy. Irish oats are often considered the best, as they are the least processed type and boast a lower glycemic load than quick-cooking and instant oats. So, keep a look out the next time you go shopping.
3. Eggs & Avocado Toast
If you have a heartier appetite, you can’t beat Eggs & Avo on Toast. Try this pre-workout snack for added protein. There are a lot of ways to get fancy with Eggs and Avocado, but I’m a big fan of this classic combo.
4. Whole Grain Bread
One slice of whole grain bread is an excellent source of carbs. Add to your Eggs & Avo (see above) or some peanut butter & banana for a protein-packed snack.
5. Dried Fruit
For a quick, easy and good pre-workout food, fix yourself some dried berries, apricots, figs, and pineapple. Dried fruits are a good source of simple carbohydrates that are easily digestible – so grab a handful.
5. Fruit And Greek Yogurt
This is a killer combo. The fruit is full of carbohydrates while Greek yogurt packs a protein-filled punch. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has almost double the protein, fewer carbs, and half the sodium. Why do they go together? The carbs in the fruit break down quickly and are used as fuel during your workout, while the protein is stored a little longer and is used to prevent muscle damage, so it really is a perfect pairing.
6. Trail Mix
Nuts do have a high-fat content, but they provide the protein and calories required if you are trying to gain muscle mass. For those whose goal is weight loss, steer clear. If you want to buy pre-prepared trail mix from supermarkets, skip the ones containing chocolate or yogurt-coated nuts.
Make sure you eat your meal and snack 30-90 minutes before you work out, so you don’t feel bloated. If eating a larger meal, wait a full 90 minutes, but if you’re sticking with a snack, 30 minutes should be fine.