by Mary Murphy
Fueling up before a workout is the best thing you can do for your body. But it’s important to eat the right things at the right time. Eating too far in advance of your workout can lead to an energy dropout at the gym, and eating too close can lead to an unsettled stomach. Generally, I suggest eating about an hour before your workout to give your body time to process the food. So what does good fuel consist of? Ideally, you want something that’s a mix of simple and complex carbs with a little bit of protein, totaling no more than 200 calories. Here are some good snacks to try:
-- Whole wheat toast with peanut butter, banana, and a dash of cinnamon. The toast and the fruit give you both types of carbs, not to mention the bananas are chock-full of potassium, which drops when you sweat a lot. Meanwhile, the cinnamon has been linked to stabilizing blood sugar and improving brain function.
-- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup diced apple and 2 tablespoons of low-fat granola.
-- Smoothies. Similar to the cottage cheese above, but with this you can combine seasonal sliced fruit, a cup of greek yogurt, and granola to make a healthy on-the-go snack.
-- 1 cup oatmeal, 1 tsp honey, and your favorite fruit.