Simple Preworkout Food Combos


I have listed a few different pre-workout food combinations you can eat before specific workouts.  These will fuel your energy and keep you going longer.

  • If you plan on walking for a while, try eating one medium sized pear and ½ an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese.  100 to 200 calories with a mix of carbs, protein and fat offsets hunger and helps muscles stride longer.
  • If you are going to go running, eat ½ cup each of oats and blueberries along with 1 cup of low-fat milk.  You need to go easy on heavy foods.  Aim for 200 to 300 calories, with roughly 30 grams of carbs for fast energy, an hour before your run.
  • If you are into yoga, eat a small apple and one ounce of almonds.  Do not let bloating mess up your zen!  Stick with 100 to 200 calories of easily digested carbs and protein 1 to 2 hours before your yoga class or at-home session.
  • If you are about to hit up the gym for some strength training, eat 6 ounces of low-fat cottage cheese and ½ cup of raspberries.  Grab 100 to 250 calories of muscle-building protein and carbs 30 to 60 minutes prior to lifting and you’ll jump-start recovery.  That’s a major plus, since strength training can lead to muscle fatigue.
  • Lastly, if you are a swimmer, you should eat 6 dates (the fruit, not people!) and 1 tablespoon of nut butter.  Stay quick and cramp-free (a swimmer’s dream) with 200 to 300 calories of simple and complex carbs, plus a little protein, an hour before you hit the pool.

What snacks do you eat before a workout to energize yourself and make sure you can last the whole workout without needing to stop for a pick-me-up food?  Let us know!

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