That feeling when you complete a tough workout is great, but we know there are moments when you would rather throw in the towel than finish strong. Eating the right foods to sustain your energy throughout your workout can make a major difference. Keep your momentum going by fueling your body before, during, and after with these great snacks.
Low-fat Chocolate Milk
It is advised to eat protein within 30 minutes of working out to aid in recovery, and depending on your bodyweight, age, and how strenuous your workout is, you may want to up the ante. Low-fat chocolate milk and a banana are great way to nourish your fatigued muscles.
The saltiness of the pretzels will help to replenish electrolytes and minerals that you lose during exercise. For added protein, pair them with Greek yogurt or nut butter.
The nitrates in beets (which reduce the amount of oxygen needed to perform physical activity) help to increase blood flow to and throughout the muscles, giving you a helpful boost during workouts. Try snacking on these before or during your session.
Packed with protein, fiber, and good fats, sunflower butter is a great way to fuel up for workouts. It also contains more micronutrients than other nut butters. Pair it with an apple, banana, or celery for a light and hearty snack.
Your body needs quick release carbohydrates to efficiently use nutrients to keep going. A snack bar can deliver that, offering a relatively filling option that is easy to digest. Just remember to read the label carefully and choose wisely.
Snacks during a workout are usually more necessary for more extensive workouts (60-90 minutes). If you’re doing less than an hour, water should be fine to hydrate and replenish fluid losses. If you must snack, simple carbs, like a banana, are the way to go.
Sports drinks and gels are designed with the athlete in mind. They offer hydration, replenish electrolytes, and provide a small amount of quick energy from sugar.
This can be an easy fix as caffeine helps with focus and energy, but try not to turn it into a habit. A change in your diet throughout the day can be a better way to boost in your energy, brain function, and recovery.
Diluted fruit juices (half juice, half water) or squeezable fruit (ex. applesauce, puréed fruit pouches) offer hydration and energy along with the natural nutrients from fruit.
For a delicious meal made from the finest and freshest ingredients, visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona. We are located on the northeast corner of Arrow Highway and Garey Avenue and open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.