Perfect Pre-Workout Snacking

The right pre-workout snacks SUPER important! What you eat and when you eat it can have a major impact on your results.

“Fasted cardio” is trendy, but isn’t necessarily the right call. Sure, it can be slightly more effective at burning fat, but the difference is minor. Plus, most people don’t do well trying to workout without any food in their system (shocking) and you lose muscle much faster.

Brands like to push pre-workout supplements, but I’m 100% against them. You can checkout my vlog on YouTube to get why, but I promise they aren’t a good idea.

So…the best thing to eat before a workout? Carbs! I know… people love to hate ‘em, but you NEED caarbs! Your body uses them first, so don’t worry, they won’t hang around for long.!

It’s always good to get some healthy fats and protein too, but carbohydrates are going to give you the energy you need to get to work. And just maybe do it with a smile!

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The Workout Matters

Longer Workouts:

Complex carbs are king! Things like sweet potato, oats, brown rice etc. They will break down slower for you and allow you to push through more reps and add some weight.

Shorter or More Intense Workouts:

Keep it simple! Think fruit, fresh fruit juice and dark chocolate (obviously). They give you a boost to make it through those super fast, high intensity workouts like my Hot Body HIIT’s.

HIIT workouts are my jam because you get crazy calorie burn in a short amount of time. You also really get to see how strong your mind and body is (especially on round 4!)


What to Eat

Some of my FAVE pre-workouts snacks at home are granola with dried fruit and yogurt, a fruit smoothie, oatmeal and berries. banana with peanut butter and ezekiel bread with nut butter on top! Yum!

You should always get 20+ grams of carbohydrates 30minutes before your workouts so your body can use them. If you eat them hours before, the nutrients will already be absorbed and won’t be as effective.

There aren’t many pre-packaged snack foods I love, but goodnessknows snack squares are a pretty perfect pre-workout. (Riddle me this)

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The cranberry, almond, dark chocolate squares are so bomb! They have just a little bit of everything you need before getting your sweat and they are made without artificial colors or sweeteners!

A serving size is one pack (4 squares) and has:

  • 150 calories
  • 7g of fat (the good kind from nuts!)
  • 3g of protein (You’d usually want more, but remember, protein is more important POST-workouts)
  • 21g carbohydrates (good mix of simple and complex from oats, rice flower, dark chocolate and dried fruit)

Definitely a great snacking option, especially if you are on the go and don’t have time to make something at home. Throw them in your gym bag so you never have the excuse of not having enough “energy” to finish your workout.

Eating the right carbs before you get your sweat on means you’ll go harder, burn more calories and get closer to your goals!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of goodnessknows. The opinions and text are all mine.

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