After a while, the same old protein shake can become tiresome. Chocolate, vanilla, or cookies and cream can only be delicious for so long before they get boring. Learn how to fuel up for your workout without the help of a protein shake with these healthy snacks!
Ah yes, the long-touted peanut butter and apple combination. The peanut butter offers the protein you need to get through a workout, and the apple slices provide the sugar and carbohydrates that you need to perform to the best of your abilities. It’s best to dig into this mighty snack around thirty minutes before your workout for the best possible results.
The eggs in an omelet, both the egg whites and the yolks, provide a significant amount of protein– perfect for that midday workout. You can even add other types of protein to the omelet, like cheese and ham, to promote even more muscle growth. Eggs are best eaten around two to three hours before your workout, to avoid muscle and stomach cramps while providing the proper fuel to your muscles.
If you were to consume any fruit before a workout, make sure it is a banana! Bananas contain high amounts of potassium, which can assist with muscle cramping. In addition to the non-cramping benefits, bananas are also excellent sources of simple sugars and natural carbohydrates, which are incredible ways to boost your blood sugar and give you the energy you need. Like other snacks, try to eat your pre-workout banana around thirty minutes before you start your workout.
Smoothies are close enough to protein shakes to provide the same feeling and fullness, without all of the added sugars! You can combine your favorite fruits and veggies, protein powder, and yogurt to make a healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie, perfect for a pre-workout snack. If you miss the creamy consistency of the protein shake, you can add other additives to your smoothies, like frozen fruit or bananas, to get the thick, creamy consistency of a protein shake. Like other foods rich in simple sugars and carbohydrates, aim to consume your smoothie around half an hour before you hit the gym.