Our bodies are machines. Instead of steel and wires, it is made up of muscles and bones. Instead of electricity or gasoline, it needs food to function efficiently and properly. And just like a machine, we need to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape before doing any kind of work. We need to eat and drink the correct amount and type of food before and after working out. This will not only give us more energy but will avoid any unnecessary complications during and after our workout.
What we eat before working out is the fuel that our bodies need during the exercise. What we eat after the workout is also as important. We need to refuel after a physically demanding activity. Not eating enough or not eating the correct type of food before engaging in this physical activity can cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. This is dangerous especially if you are lifting weights or running. Not eating the right food after a workout will make it harder for your body to recover, make it more fatigued than it should be and reduce your gains. Today, let’s find out the best food and drinks to consume before and after a workout.
Peanut Butter And Jelly
This is a great meal before working out. The bread and jelly provide the carbs needed for the physical activity and the peanut butter provides the protein to build muscle. The peanut butter also makes you full which can help prevent post-workout cravings. And as a side bonus, PB&J is a delicious classic.
We have another classic meal. A high-protein oatmeal is just your standard oatmeal but with eggs and topped off with nuts, seeds and bananas. Packed with protein essential for muscle building and carbs to fuel your muscles. This is a good and filling breakfast before hitting the gym.
Egg And Whole-Wheat Toast
It’s time to refuel your body after that intense exercise. Cook up an egg and toast a whole-wheat bread. This meal alone has all the amino acids your body needs to build muscle.
This is a fun pre-workout snack because you can put in any nuts, seeds and dried fruits you want. Go for unsalted and dry roasted nuts. Almonds and cashews are a great combination. You get that satisfying crunch from the almonds and the buttery sweet flavor of the cashews. For the dried fruits, you can go for bananas, cranberries, raisins and dates. Go crazy!