Snack Your Way to a Better Workout


You’re on a roll – working out regularly, eating clean and staying hydrated. But if you're cutting snacks to save on calories, stop right now. To lose weight, you need snacks to fuel your body between meals – especially if you are working out regularly or more than you’re used to. Healthy snacks ensure you won't be so hungry at mealtime that you go crazy and over eat. Plus, regular healthy snacking can keep your metabolism revved up and going strong.

Easy Healthy Snacks

Dr. Anita DelPrete, nutrition specialist for Jackson Wink Mixed Martial Arts Academy, has the following suggestions for fueling your body with healthy snacks for a better workout.

Best Pre Workout Snack

For a High Intensity Training (HIT) session, a pre-workout snack should include a carb-based option to ensure muscles have adequate fuel. Try sweet potatoes, dates, bananas, a peanut butter and honey sandwich, yogurt with granola and/or a high carb food bar.

Sweet potatoes are a favorite pre-workout snack for Jackson Wink MMA fighters because of the high carb and sugar content. They come loaded with fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin C. You can eat them baked, boiled or steamed (anything but fried).

Best Post Workout Snack

A hard strength and conditioning or weight lifting session calls for a post-workout snack with a high protein content to help with tissue repair. A few options include a protein recovery shake, sports/food bar, lean protein and/or vegetables.

Nuts and seeds are also a great protein-rich, on-the-go snack. They are power-packed with polyunsaturated fats, protein, B-complex vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Nuts are calorie-dense, meaning you get plenty of energy and calories in a small amount. Eat nuts in moderation and opt for the unsalted, dry roasted varieties.

Choose the Best Health Bar

Choosing a bar can be difficult with all the high sugar options. Find a food bar that contains a combination of complex carbs and simple sugars made from whole grains, nuts and seeds.

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