No matter how much you exercise, your food choices affect your performance and overall health. Your body needs the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fluid to fuel your workout. Carbohydrates increase your energy level, while protein rebuilds and repairs muscle cells. While specific nutrient needs and caloric amounts are dependent on the intensity, duration, and frequency of your workout, everyone can follow the basic formula below to be nutrient ready for your workout.
30 minutes to 1 hour before your workout, eat a small snack rich in carbs to supply the energy for your exercise. Try one of the options below:
- Whole grain cereal
- Whole wheat toast & peanut butter
- Oatmeal with raisins & nuts
During Your Workout
While working out, the most important thing to do is to remain hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water or G2.
After exercising, eat a combination of carbohydrates and protein to replenish energy stores and repair & rebuild muscles. Try some of my favorite combinations below:
- Apple & string cheese
- Banana & peanut butter
- Yogurt & granola
- Hummus & pita
- Protein shake
- Bagel thin & low-fat cream cheese