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HRM USA’s Top 5 Workout Snacks

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Craig Trinkley

We all know that it takes energy to be able to work out, build muscle, and be healthy, but when it comes to nourishing our bodies before a workout, most of us tend to neglect nutrition. At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we’ve put together a list of fast, easy, and delicious pre-workout foods that are designed to give you a boost of energy. Whether you’re working out or racing a marathon, these foods can be what you need to get the job done:

Almonds: Almonds provide energy-boosting essential fatty acids, like omega-3s and omega-6s, so that you can keep powering through your workout without skipping a bit. They’re also good for giving you body protein. Pop a handful of almonds (about 12 almonds) for a rich dose of protein and healthy fats.

Lentils: These protein-packed snacks are rich in fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, copper, and magnesium. Try boiling a cup of lentils (it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes if they’re dried) and eating them before your workout. Season them lightly if you’d like to boost their flavor.

Bananas: Rich in potassium and other vitamins, bananas are a great way to prepare your body for a race, workout, or other athletic contest. Try munching on a medium sized banana before you go to the gym to get the most out of your workout. Don’t like bananas? Apples, peaches, grapes, and blueberries are all great bets too!

Greek Yogurt: Yogurt is rich in calcium, protein, and magnesium, so try eating an eight-ounce coup of Greek yogurt before or after your workout for a boost of energy. Also, if you’re a strength trainer or weightlifter, yogurt can provide a fast push of energy for you to lift weights.

Oatmeal: Full of fiber and designed to give you long-lasting energy, oatmeal is a perfect pre-workout snack. Eat 1 cup of cooked oatmeal (no milk) with some blueberries for a sweet and antioxidant packed snack that’s rich in B vitamins as well as taste.

What’s your favorite pre-workout snack?

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