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The Best Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

Depending on your specific workout, certain foods can help boost your performance. For optimal results, eat your pre-workout snack one to two hours before you get moving. Then, refuel 30-45 minutes after cooling down. Please consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

Here are some of the best foods to eat before and after your routine.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Pre-workout
    Fruit and nut bars provide the carbs you need to power through this kind of workout.
  • Post-workout
    Cooked chicken with quinoa and veggies. This combo of carbs and protein will help you recover faster.
Strength Training
  • Pre-workout
    Nonfat Greek yogurt topped with granola gives you a good mix of carbs and slow-burning protein.
  • Post-workout
    Tart cherry smoothie with fresh ginger and whey protein can help decrease inflammation after a hard lifting session.
Long-Distance Running
  • Pre-workout
    A high-protein energy bar with around 200 calories will help sustain you on longer runs.
  • Post-workout
    8 oz. of low-fat chocolate milk with whole-grain salted pretzels will help replenish salt and glycogen (your body's carb stores).

Published on: March 16, 2017