PRE-WORKOUT MEALS: What you eat before you go to the gym is very important because it is a big deciding factor on how your workout will go. Although most people recommend eating a full meal 2-3 hours before your workout, I am one of the weirdos who like to eat something maybe an hour before a workout so I know I have enough energy from the beginning of my workout to the end. Nothing is worst than getting hangry at the gym toward the end of a workout. With that being said, I like my pre-workout meals to be very carb dense. Since I usually workout in the early/late afternoon, my pre-workout meals usually are around breakfast or lunch time. When Im prepping for an early afternoon workout, oatmeal is my best friend. I enjoy eating oatmeal in the morning because it is good for your digestive health, good amount of carbs, very nutritious and is very filling. Another great thing about oatmeal is the ease of preparation. You can put your oatmeal in a smoothie, you can just have it plain which takes less than 2 minutes to make, or you can prepare it and put it in the fridge overnight (overnight oats). I typically like to mix in peanut butter with my oatmeal. If you’re planning on working out a little later in the day and your pre-workout meal is around lunch time it is still important to focus on carb rich foods. I typically would choose something like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, rice, lunch meat sandwich, rice cakes, potatoes etc. It also wouldn’t be bad to consume some protein as well during this meal because protein is proven to increase your athletic performance.
POST-WORKOUT MEALS: What you put into your body after your workout is just as important as what you put in it before. Your post-workout meal is meant to focus on repairing your broken down muscles. This is best done by consuming a meal that is heavy in protein. I personally have a protein shake immediately after a workout and go home to make a protein heavy meal. These meals usually consist of the same thing generally. A type of meat (chicken, turkey, or fish), rice or potatoes and sautéed spinach or green beans. Although it can be boring eating the same thing repeatedly, this meal gives you a good combination of protein and carbs which will help your muscles recover and boost your energy levels. With that being said, not everyone is an extremely picky eater like I am so I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite post/pre-workout meals? Let me know in the comments below!