Finding the energy and motivation can be a daunting task. Trying to workout after a long day at work or running errands is almost impossible. And unless you are a “morning” person, working out in the morning will be impossible. Well have no fear because here are some snacks that will get your energy levels up and kick start your workout.
As we all know bananas are packed with potassium. What you may not know is that potassium is essential for muscle and nerve function. Not only will bananas help maintain both nerve and muscle function during your workout, but they also come with digestible carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are used as fuel by your body. Eating a banana before your workout will give you the energy you need to power through it. Pair your banana with some whole wheat toast and cinnamon for a healthy energizing snack.
Oats are packed with fiber which gives your body energy as it is gradually digested. Because of this gradual effect, it allows your body to have energy throughout the workout. This allows for more consistent levels of energy and no crash mid workout. Oats also contain vitamin B which aids the body in converting carbohydrates into energy. Plus they may be one of the most versatile snacks on this list. Oats snacks can be made with a number of different ingredients to add flavor or extra energy. For example, throw some fruit into your bowl of oats for some added energy.
3. Fruit Smoothies
Smoothies can be a great way to get the energy your body needs before a workout. Because it has been processed somewhat already it can be digested and converted into energy a lot faster. Try mixing in fruits that already give you energy, a list can be found here. For an added bonus mix in some peanut butter to add some protein for the post workout.
We all know the benefits that coffee provides in the energy department. The caffeine in coffee will not only kick-start the workout but keep you energized throughout. Plus coffee is loaded with antioxidants which is just an added bonus. Toss in some milk (preferably whole) into your cup of coffee before your workout for some bonus protein. If you are not a fan of coffee you can try other sources of caffeine.
Almonds are not only known for their high protein content, they also contain high levels of magnesium and vitamin E. Both of these help the body sustain energy levels. They also contain vitamin B2 which also aids in the production of energy. Finally they the fiber in almonds helps slow down digestion and regulate the release of energy in the body. And it comes in a variety of different ways. You can snack on them individually or use almond butter as a spread. You can spread almond butter on your whole wheat toast and add honey in bananas for a great energizing snack.