What to Eat Before a Workout
The Best Mini Meals to Eat Before Exercising
Hitting the buffet line before a workout is never advisable, but you don’t want to start a sweat session on an empty tank either. The best way to eat before exercise: a 200-calorie mini meal with the optimum mix of nutrients, an hour before you head to the gym. “You want something that provides 15 to 45 g of carbohydrates—you need carbohydrate to replenish the glycogen stores you use during exercise—and you also want 4 to 10 g of protein and a little bit of healthy fat,” says Rachel Brandeis, RD. The protein and fat help delay the digestion of carbohydrates so you get a slow release of fuel into your bloodstream rather than a short burst of energy, so you don’t crash and burn. Read on for 6 tasty and nutritionally balanced bites to fuel your fitness.